NASA received 18,300 applications for 14 places in the 2017 class of astronauts

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NASA promoted the opportunity on social media platforms such as Reddit and the opportunity closed the last Tuesday. NASA is only looking for American citizens with at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics. qualified applicants  must also have at least three years of professional experience or one thousand or more hours of flight time. Due to the physically demanding nature of the astronaut program, applicants must also pass a physical exam. About 120 will come to Houston for in-person interviews, orientation, and medical screening in early 2017. The selected people will have to undergo rigorous training at the Johnson Spaceflight Center in Houston, Texas. Only after two years of training, the new astronauts will be assigned to either the International Space Station, NASA’s Orion craft, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, or SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. There is a long way before the participation in a NASA mission but people’s hope is justified because any human can try to be the best.

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