Are you ready for our planet to be the most spectacular, awe-inspiring sight you’ve ever beheld? Have you not outgrown your lust for the majestic unknown and mysterious surroundings of all that is? Good, because for the first time in four years, NASA is looking for new astroanuts.
“This next group of American space explorers will inspire the Mars generation to reach for new heights, and help us realize the goal of putting boot prints on the Red Planet,“ says NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
To get you in the mindset of what’s required, here’s a short quiz (hint: say yes).
Are you a U.S. citizen?
Is your height between 5'2” and 6'3"?
Is your blood pressure healthy (140/90, sitting)?
Do you have 20/20 vision (natural or corrected)?
Do you have a college degree in biology, computer science, engineering, physical science, or mathematics?
Do you have at least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in a jet aircraft?
I know, it starts off easy and then that last one’s quite the kicker. But it’s not that simple, given that being selected doesn’t necessarily mean NASA will launch you into the wildest wilderness there is anyway. What follows instead is a two-year evaluation period, where candidates master everything from language to robotics. That’s when they weed out all the sci-fi fans who are just looking for humblebrag material for future dinner parties.