NASA accepts applications for astronauts for the first time in four years

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For the first time in more than four years, NASA is accepting astronaut applications.

"We will send the first woman and next man to the lunar South Pole by 2024, and we need more astronauts to follow suit on the Moon, and then Mars", said Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator in a public statement.

NASA was sent so many CVs during its last recruitment drive - more than 18,000 applied for the 2017 class - that it's made some changes this time around.

If you do make the cut, NASA says you'll be flown to live and work on board the International Space Station to help you prepare for missions to the Moon and Mars. If you think you've got what it takes to be one of NASA's next astronauts, it never hurts to apply.

NASA's new class of astronauts - the first to graduate since the agency announced its Artemis program - appears on stage during their graduation ceremony at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston on January 10, 2020.

NASA's goal is to find more man- and woman-power to join them on their upcoming Artemis missions, which will see the space agency sending another man or woman back to the Moon by 2024. Or they could launch on new spacecraft and dock at Gateway, the new spaceship that NASA is planning that will orbit the moon.

Requirements include a master's degree in a STEM field, passing a physical exam, USA citizenship and two years of work experience that can be translated to life as an astronaut.

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Requirements include a master's degree in a STEM field, passing a physical exam, US citizenship and two years of work experience that can be translated to life as an astronaut.

Applicants only need two years of work toward a PhD program in math, science, technology or engineering; a completed doctorate in medicine; to have completed an internationally recognized pilot test program by June 2021; and to best the thousands of people they'll likely compete against. However, if test pilot school is your only advanced degree, you must also have a bachelor's degree or higher in a STEM field.

At the time, NASA stated the requirements for all aspiring astronauts, which you can check out here.

In a first, the space agency will also administer an online exam that could take two hours to complete. Finally, the agency is also looking for at least two years of "related, progressively responsible professional experience".

Bottom line: NASA is now accepting applications for future astronauts.

Aspiring explorers dreaming of touring the Moon or traversing Mars have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 31, to apply.

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