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Now's Your Chance To Apply As an Astronaut

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the but-you-can-get-tang-at-the-store dept.

NASA 86

From reader Leebert comes this notice: NASA will hold a conference this afternoon to explain the process the agency will use to select the next class of astronauts. According to the announcement, "NASA will recruit its next astronaut class through the federal government's USAJobs.gov website. The class of 2009 was the first astronaut class to graduate in a new era of space flight following the final mission of the space shuttle. A new fleet of human spacecraft is in development by commercial companies to deliver crews to the International Space Station. NASA also is developing spacecraft to send humans on missions of exploration far away from our planet." Says Leebert: "I plan to apply, because I want to be able to say: 'Not everybody can be an astronaut. I know, they sent me a rejection letter.'"

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Bring your own ride (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061426)

Anyone who's got a rocket that will get to at least LEO is automatically accepted.

Missed your chance (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061660)

This was a test. You should have said "First post! CHOOSE ME!"

Re:Missed your chance (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 2 years ago | (#38065068)

What is the altitude of LEO?

Re:Missed your chance (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38083174)

Throwing a horseshoe is "orbit". I think by leo we mean "fast enough to stay up". It's speed you need, not height. Wind resistance is your own business, by the way.

I am going to apply (0)

fragfoo (2018548) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061448)

For the lulz.

Re:I am going to apply (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061708)

For the lulz.

I'm overqualified - I've lived my life on the edge for decades and haven't been killed yet (though the cell phone blabbing driver of the Explorer who ran the light this morning gave it his best shot.)

Alas, I think you need to at the very least be a pilot and since I wear glasses to read I'd wash out immediately.

I'm also slightly red/green colour blind.

Re:I am going to apply (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 2 years ago | (#38062068)

The edge of what?

Re:I am going to apply (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38062364)

Obesity.

Re:I am going to apply (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38063280)

Society.

Re:I am going to apply (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38069362)

His living room couch.

Rejection letter (5, Informative)

bigjarom (950328) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061452)

My brother, who is in medical school, and had no real qualifications, applied to Virgin Galactic's Astronat position a few months ago. Here's their responce:

Dear [name]
Thank you very much for your interest and application for the first
Virgin Galactic Pilot-Astronaut positions.
Despite the very demanding qualifications, we had over 500
applications, the vast majority from very well qualified and experienced
test pilots. As you can imagine, filtering down such a large pool of
talent and having to leave out many highly respected test pilots, as
well as a few flown astronauts, was an extremely difficult task.
We were able to invite just eight of this group forward to the next
stage of the process and I regret to inform you that we were unable to
include you. We appreciate that this may be a major disappointment but
it is no exaggeration to say that we received a great deal of interest
from some of the world’s very best and highest qualified pilots.
Thank you for your application and interest in Virgin Galactic and we
wish you the very best in your future career.
With regards,
Virgin Galactic Careers

Re:Rejection letter (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38061844)

Funny, how does piloting a plane in the atmosphere, qualify to being strapped inside a capsule and launched into space. The computer does all the work. Like Elon Musk said, it is just a Dragon with Biological cargo.

Now I know that Virgin is the SpaceShipTwo design, but that too is mostly a rocket craft and limited flight control. Not a real astronaut either.

Re:Rejection letter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38061922)

Ever considered how things like the shuttle orbiter come back? You know, the bit where the pilots fly it back and land on an air strip.

Re:Rejection letter (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 2 years ago | (#38065192)

The word I hear from a very creditable source is that pilots fly, astronauts do what their told. And if it were me up there, I'd do what I'm told also.

Re:Rejection letter (4, Insightful)

ari_j (90255) | more than 2 years ago | (#38062072)

Piloting a plane in the atmosphere is related to being an astronaut in at least one important way: The ability to orient yourself without reliable visual or gravitational cues and then think clearly and rationally despite disorientation. Even if your only job is to change the oil in the Mars rover, you will need to have experience remaining calm and working in unusual orientations.

Re:Rejection letter (3, Insightful)

suomynonAyletamitlU (1618513) | more than 2 years ago | (#38062740)

There are very few other occupations that prepare you to keep cool and operate controls under varying gee-forces.

Admittedly, most of spaceflight happens with the thrusters off, but if you get spooked by the idea of sudden acceleration, you are not going to operate well in a spacecraft. And you may not think that you'll be spooked, but there's a reason acceleration is measured is Gees--that is, multiples of Earth's gravity. You'll suddenly, and briefly, weigh several times as much as you ever have before.

Jet pilots in particular experience abnormal gee forces with pretty much every flight. Test pilots have to train to recover from all kinds of ghastly aerodynamic fuck-ups. The sort of conditions they can recover from, or can't bur prepare for, would leave you horrified.

Re:Rejection letter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38063658)

"The sort of conditions they can recover from, or can't bur prepare for, would leave you horrified."

- Challenge accepted

gemini 8 (1)

SkyMunky (249995) | more than 2 years ago | (#38072422)

one good example from history. read about the Gemini 8 mission and the capsule spinning wildly out of control at an increasing rate approaching the point where astronaut would become unconscious. Armstrong fired the correct thrusters to bring it under control, then made re-entry low on fuel and survived. Sometimes the experience pays off, I'd say.

Re:Rejection letter (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 2 years ago | (#38137386)

One thing to note is that virgin and NASA have different requirements.

Virgin want test pilots, sure the computer may do most of the work but what they need in the pilots seat is someone who can remain calm and make rational decisions under the conditions of flight gone wrong. Hell I wouldn't even really call what virgin are doing spaceflight.

NASA otoh do want some pilots but they also want astronaughts with other specilisations. This will be especially true if NASA ever manage to set up a base on the moon or mars.

Re:Rejection letter (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061882)

Only 500? Wow, I thought it'd be much higher than that. OTOH, I imagine those are 500 mostly incredibly qualified people. As a side note, I imagine NASA has enough test pilots recruited from the air force, so a highly-qualified scientific background is likely to be more useful for them. The website notes that the astronauts will be doing research, so a medical student might actually have some qualifications for them to consider. Not enough, certainly, but the chances are better, while Virgin Galactic seems more interested in simply getting off the ground at this point.

Re:Rejection letter (3, Funny)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061894)

Sucks to be Virgin.

"Mr. Branson's having a heart attack! Is there a doctor on the spaceship?!"

"No... there isn't! My god, WHAT HAVE I DONE?!"

Re:Rejection letter (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38064358)

A friend got denied from Virgin. He was a test pilot too. I thought he was shoe in but the current state of space travel has Astronauts that have been in space applying for jobs at Virgin. NASA & Virgin publicly asking for resumes is a PR stunt. The applicant pool for these candidates is very small. NASA knows well in advance who they want to become astronauts and applicants know well in advance what it is they are trying to achieve.

Re:Rejection letter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38070088)

>NASA & Virgin publicly asking for resumes is a PR stunt. The applicant pool for these candidates is very small. NASA knows well in advance who they
>want to become astronauts and applicants know well in advance what it is they are trying to achieve.

Not true in the least. There were thousands of applicants in the 2008 NASA application cycle, of which ~3600 were "qualified" applicants. Through a rigorous application review, interview, and medical examination process, NASA down-selected to a few hundred "highly-qualified" applicants, then 110 first-round interviewees, then 40 second-round interviewees, and, finally, the 9 that were picked. Hardly a PR stunt with a pre-determined outcome.

Human spacecraft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38061492)

A new fleet of human spacecraft is in development by commercial companies to deliver crews to the International Space Station.

Why not use the alien ones? They seem to be capable of interstellar travel.

Re:Human spacecraft (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061642)

They only have one and it doesn't have a standard docking connector. Also the controls are backwards.

Re:Human spacecraft (1)

LifesABeach (234436) | more than 2 years ago | (#38065268)

And in order to get parts, you have to order from the manufacturer. The U.S. Patent process has to be reviewed.

Doesn't work (-1, Troll)

dev458 (2508494) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061494)

NASA pretty much doesn't let [evenweb.com] anybody to be an astronaut unless he is both test pilot and has served army for at least 10 years.

Re:Doesn't work (1)

jon42689 (1098973) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061572)

NASA pretty much doesn't let [evenweb.com] anybody to be an astronaut unless he is both test pilot and has served army for at least 10 years.

GOATSE troll.

Re:Doesn't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38061584)

Understandable -- a lot of the stuff NASA does in LEO is DoD work, and that stuff is more classified than just about anything save the locations of nuclear weapons.

It's the government... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38061518)

...do you really expect to even get a rejection letter?

At a very young age (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38061612)

At a very young age I started working toward becoming an astronaut. I studied math early. I wasn't a natural at it but I could do it. I got my PhD in physics at 29 (and a private pilot license). I started seriously looking at applying, but discovered I was three inches too tall. It wasn't something I had really ever looked in to. I was fit and seemed qualified, but just too tall. Something I had zero control over. I got really depressed, gained a lot of weight, and my mom said you're moving with your auntie and uncle in Bel-air.

Application link (5, Informative)

mrquagmire (2326560) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061664)

Re:Application link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38061790)

SALARY RANGE: $64,724.00 to $141,715.00 / Per Year

I'd work that job for significantly less.

Re:Application link (2)

Sir_Sri (199544) | more than 2 years ago | (#38062292)

64k, even with government benefits would be on the very low side for a PhD in science or a qualified pilot of jet aircraft. It's on the low side for engineering, maths, comp sci, chemistry and physics with just a bachelors and 3 years experience too.

It's not far off from a professors salary (which is low for science or engineering), but the starting is low, and you spend a lot of years training. The 141k isn't bad, and presumably you get promoted out of the astronaut programme eventually.

The big financial draw of something like this is your ability to collect speaking fees, chancellorships at universities, that sort of thing when you're done. But overall, that direct compensation is not that good for the amount of work involved, or the education required, and the risk that you get all the way through the programme only to never fly in space because 10 years from now someone changes their mind on how the programme will be run.

Re:Application link (1)

bberens (965711) | more than 2 years ago | (#38062552)

Being an astronaut is like video game programming. Everyone wants to do it so you can still draw some amazing talent with relatively low wages.

Re:Application link (1)

Sir_Sri (199544) | more than 2 years ago | (#38064346)

You say that to a video game programmer. The cut down in salary for being able to work on games can be big, unless you get really profitable games and a profit sharing arrangement.

Re:Application link (1)

bberens (965711) | more than 2 years ago | (#38066064)

So then you know first hand. I wasn't trying to disagree with you, sorry if it came off that way.. it just doesn't surprise me that astronauts don't have particularly high wages.

Re:Application link (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#38063538)

64k, even with government benefits would be on the very low side for a PhD in science or a qualified pilot of jet aircraft

You get to go into space.

You get paid to go into space.

You get paid to fly a rocket into space.

You get paid to play with cool technology and fly a rocket into space.

I have a PhD, and I'd do it for rent + food.

Re:Application link (1)

Sir_Sri (199544) | more than 2 years ago | (#38064526)

No. You don't necessarily. That's my point.

You get paid, to train for years, for the possibility of maybe going into space, at some point in the future, if russians will still send people there, or if the US government can actually get something working off the ground, and have enough capacity for you. But if the next government that rolls in says "robots in space!" and the government after that says "manned mission to mars" and then the next government says "satellites! lets refocus on earth's problems" you're going to be 50 years old, have never gone into space, have never worked on a project that actually finished, and will now be bumped out of the roster because you're too old and some 30 year old will now take over for you. And in the end you've accomplished nothing in life except a lot of complaining about unfinished work because the people writing the cheques have no clue how to actually run a space programme.

The "cool technology" you play with is just as cool at boeing or LM or ratheon or the like, becuase it's the same fucking technology, you just get paid 2x as much being at Boeing or LM or Ratheon.

Only about 500 people have been into space, ever. From every country combined. Now sure, that number could explode dramatically if they want to make a big 100 person spacecraft for the hell of it, but odds are not good for most of the astronauts chosen to even make it into space.

Re:Application link (2)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 2 years ago | (#38065260)

64k, even with government benefits would be on the very low side for a PhD in science or a qualified pilot of jet aircraft

I think the minimum was 1000 hours. Which isn't a lot (most airlines don't even consider you until you hit 2500, so it's the regionals for the most part). And regionals barely pay much above minimum wage.

A pilot's salary is actually pretty piss-poor. A pilot making 6 digits flying the nice birds had to get there basically through 30 years seniority and the like. It's why airline mergers are hugely contentious because most of the pilots are fighting for seniority.

But if you're starting out in the regionals with 1000 hours, you're lucky to make 36k.

Yes, it's something to think about when making a career change - pilot pay is rather bad. And for the first 1000 hours, you're working as an instructor, and the pay is even worse. If you don't have a way to support yourself, you're screwed.

Re:Application link (1)

Sir_Sri (199544) | more than 2 years ago | (#38067730)

Right, but you're not going to get the job with 1000 flight hours compared to a fighter pilot with 4000. In the same way that a bachelors could theoretically get the job, but odds are they're going to be taking PhD level people unless you happen to be sleeping with or related to someone on a NASA oversight committee.

But ya, you're right, any old jet pilot can be paid very poorly, but even military pilots, 64k is in the 6-8 years experience range (depending on how you include all their various allowances).

Re:Application link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38063454)

Yeah, and then you could go join Occupy Wall Street with all the other people who spend 10 years in university earning MS and PhD's, then sign up for a job making "significantly less" than 64k per year, leaving you unable to pay off your loans or afford a home that's not in the ghetto.

Good plan, sport.

Re:Application link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38063944)

I'll just take a foreclosure, use the saved rent to build what I want, then rent out the old place for extra income (or flip it for insta-cash). The only reason I don't have a BS degree is the cost/benefit didn't make sense. Why spend $30k to get an extra 10% income over an AS degree when you can take the same money, invest, and have a lot more fun. When you can buy a livable home in a decent metro area for under $30,000 and have no other debt, you don't need as much income.

If you were going for "ghetto" it looks like you can get a spot for $100 [hotpads.com] in Detroit.

Re:Application link (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38061820)

From the application:
"Frequent travel may be required"

I may be a linguist, but... (1)

boneglorious (718907) | more than 2 years ago | (#38062428)

thank God for that Physics degree I thought I'd never have a use for! Application process, here I come!

Re:Application link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38064270)

*makes mental note to apply*

I don't have a prayer but so what? XD

My Name.... (1)

Virtucon (127420) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061722)

Is Jose Jimenez.
I am Astronaut.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5e9_1180667991 [liveleak.com]

Re:My Name.... (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 2 years ago | (#38062046)

Just wait until the orderly gives you the enema....

Re:My Name.... (1)

k6mfw (1182893) | more than 2 years ago | (#38062614)

> Is Jose Jimenez.

I remember this from the 1983 movie, couldn't recall from the Ed Sullivan show (was very young, didn't remember this specific person). This comedian is probably not shown on DVDs of Ed Sullivan show. But I have seen him on old VHS made from 16mm film by a person that has a huge collection of videos, including shows no longer available from commercial sources.

Re:My Name.... (1)

Virtucon (127420) | more than 2 years ago | (#38062692)

Well, since Bill Dana (the actor / comedian ) [wikipedia.org] that played Jose became friends with the Mercury 7, that's where the tie-in comes from in "The Right Stuff."

Re:My Name.... (1)

k6mfw (1182893) | more than 2 years ago | (#38065302)

and (from the wiki bio).... one of the X-15 rocketplane pilots has the name Bill Dana. I wonder how often he was ragged on that one during the 1960s (or unless he imitated the comedian from the X15 cockpit).

so why do you want to be an astronaut.... (4, Informative)

k6mfw (1182893) | more than 2 years ago | (#38061876)

Some years ago an article described candidates going through the final interview stages. A candidate would sit in front of a panel who would ask various questions, i.e. aircraft programs they worked, their research projects, etc. Candidates describe their activties... then one of the panel members pops the question, "So, why do you want to be an astronaut?" This question typically catches the candidates flatfooted, they usually stumble for an answer. There was one candidate, didn't really know what to say answered, "uhmm, my dad was an astronaut, my granddad was an astronaut. It just runs in the family!" He was chosen (I forgot the name).

It has been mentioned all astronauts are military pilots (70% including mission specialists) so unless you already have chosen that route, then other option is researcher/engineer (the other 30%). Of the latter group, they were already working for NASA (or as a contractor at a Center). Very few, i.e. Mae Jemison, from the "outside" were selected. So if you are rejected but if they offer you a job at NASA, ***take it*** because they are interested in you and want to look at you more closely. This was written about 10 years ago so maybe much has changed. A recent slashdot discussion talked about astronauts probably don't need to be military pilots having fast reaction skills like in a fighter jet these days, much of the spaceflight are very long (i.e. ISS) so a different kind of person is needed.

I haven't pursued an astronaut position as many /. readers know it requires much passion. Steve Hawley (flew on HST deployment) said they look at candidate's records for kinds of work they do, does it focus and lead to astronaut position? A candidate said he has always wanted to be an astronaut but they asked why did he spend seven years with Shell Oil? However, some positions could lead to astronaut. A Navy diver, an officer, observed spacewalking was much like underwater (heck they even train in water!) so she focused her efforts, applied and got accepted (though I'd not be surprised she was first rejected, most accepted have been rejected before).

You know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38062010)

> Says Leebert: "I plan to apply, because I want to be able to say: 'Not everybody can be an astronaut. I know, they sent me a rejection letter.'"

They really never reject anyone; but some receive red T-shirts, specially those with Hispanic names...

improving odds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38062212)

my odds of becoming famous are improving. i doubt i will be the first commercial astronaut in space...but maybe i can be the first commercial astronaut to die in space....

How's this work, exactly? (0)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 2 years ago | (#38062330)

How will NASA deal with government regulations regarding race and gender? Hiring only the most qualified candidates would obviously result in astronauts who are as lily-white as the X Games, so that's a non-starter. How much weight will race and gender be given in the selection process? And how will this be transparent, so that watchdog organizations can keep track and know that racial preferences have been observed?

Bottom of /. page quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38062336)

I put up my thumb... and it blotted out the planet Earth. -- Neil Armstrong

So, is this a planned, everybody see it thing - or just dumb luck on /.?

Keep those unemployment checks coming (1, Insightful)

istartedi (132515) | more than 2 years ago | (#38062442)

How many people will apply just so they can prove to the unemployment office that they are "looking for work"? I saw that in retail years ago. Guy came in, filled out application. My boss was like, "you just want this checked off". They guy was like "uh-huh". Kinda funny to imagine that happening at a NASA complex with all the big hangar buildings and rocket displays.

Where is that cmdrtaco retard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38062496)

After all, he fooled NASA enough to get a press pass. Maybe they'll stick him on a rocket and it'll explode under him. All for the lulz.

Apply AS an astronaut? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38062634)

I'm going to apply as a civilian. Hopefully I'll be come an astronaut afterwords.

My application (5, Funny)

AoOs (1336153) | more than 2 years ago | (#38063470)

Hello NASA,

I hereby apply for the Austronaut Candidate position.

I am a Danish, 24 year old guy, but the absence of a American citizenship shouldn't count me out. Here is why:

- Since the age of 3, I have had an astonishing ability to find my way around in the dark. Space is pretty dark. This skill will definitely come in handy. Otherwise I'm pretty handy with a flashlight.
- I absolutely love soup. This is fantastic, since it is highly probable to be on the space menu. I can eat like seven bowls of soup in one sitting. Sometimes eight. Depends on the soup.
- My grandmother always used to scream out; Alexander! GET DOWN FROM THERE! You know why? Because I climbed. I climbed everything. The ISS will be a piece of cake to get around.
- I'm 6'1" and I weigh around 172 pounds (depending on how much soup I've had), which is an absolutely perfect match for an astronaut. I won't take up too much space in the spaceship, and I can reach the top shelf - even when weightless.
- I played ice hockey for 9 years and I live in Scandinavia. Subzero temperatures won't ever be a problem. I enjoy eating ice cream while walking outside in the snow.
- I am currently studying journalism at the University of Southern Denmark. This makes me an absolute master of any language and a valuable member of any constellation of professions, known to mankind - but I will of course drop out, should you pick me for the position.
- As I am an excellent conversationalist, the ride from Earth to the ISS won't be boring. I read a lot and I am an avid quiz contestant, my broad knowledge and social abilities will definitely be awesome to have on the rocket.
- I could bring a keg or two of beers along, if needed. I understand you guys are a bit pressed for cash at the moment.
- I am fluent in whatever language I get to study for 3-4 years, which is absolutely vital for the survival of earth, should I be captured by hostile hesitant aliens.
and lastly, I am a true master of disguise. I can look like a astronaut, a scandinavian, an american, an alien or a goldshoed clown croc kitty (see attached photograph). [Hello Slashdot: https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/308748_10150340417636211_722201210_9759559_2148778_n.jpg%5D [akamaihd.net]

I am versatile in every manner.

Looking forward to hearing from you, and to our future adventures together.

To infinity and beyond,
Alexander O'Strit

Re: My application (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 2 years ago | (#38070758)

Dear Mr O'Strit

Thank you for your application. We have an expedited need for astronauts for our current rocket test program, but have encountered inexplicable reluctance from our current candidates. We need people with your forethought, blind courage and determination at NASA. Therefore you have been summarily accepted into the Astronaught program. We would like you to start immediately. In fact so urgent is our need that we will not have time to train you. Also our rocket design keeps changing week to week based on which politician farts in congress that sitting, we have not had time to complete the internal design of the spacecraft. Therefore we would like you to accept the enclosed tickets. You will fly from the nearest airport to your home to Berlin and then on to LAX, and finally to Florida. There you will be suited up and duck taped to the top of the last stage of our test rocket. We aim to have your carcass...ahem...you in orbit by late Friday evening.

Yours,

NASA.

p.s. We are short on cash so we would appreciate it if you'd bring those kegs of beer you mentioned and a current credit card with sufficient funds to bill for 1 international, 1 domestic and 1 helicopter flight.

It'll look cute on your resume... (1)

VoiceOfSanity (716713) | more than 2 years ago | (#38064004)

...but speaking as someone who happens to work down the street from the Johnson Spaceflight Center (for a major aerospace company), I can tell you that while the approach towards recruiting an astronaut is a little unusual, it is what you should expect for a government job nowadays. Gone are the days of NASA going to the Air Force and saying "give us two dozen of your best and brightest who you think might make good astronauts", and it's a major competition.

Just look at the required qualification just to even get your application looked at (and they WILL look at those applications.) Got an IT degree? Disqualified off the bat. Got a degree in astronomy or electrical engineering? You've passed the first qualification. Flown fighter jets? Good! Haven't flown, but been in charge of hard research or development? That'll work. Pass the physical? Think you can fit into the Soyuz spacecraft? Hey, you've got a shot.

Truth is, I expect 95% of the applications to hit the bit bucket within the first pass. Meaning that I fully expect only 400-500 real applications to have to be considered by NASA, the rest not even deserving the postage for a response. As geeky as it might seem to apply, I know I can't meet the minimum requirements listed, so why bother? (I'd have better luck applying for a position in Antarctica, to be honest.)

Re:It'll look cute on your resume... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38066534)

You never know.

I have a B.S. in Computer Science from an accredited university. I minored in Russian (Language and Lit). I have spent time in Russia studying the language also, so I'm decent at speaking Russian. I picked up my MBA a few years after I graduated. I know that's not a technical masters degree, but my company paid for it. For work experience I have gone from doing grunt work to leading a small team. I'm under 35 and keep in shape (I bike regularly and do weight training, I'm positive my blood pressure is good). I work for a Government Contractor already, so I'm drug-free, I regularly get tested and I have a background check done already.

Am I someone who stands a chance? A computer geek who knows Russian? I don't know, but I'll keep you posted. /My resume probably will hit the round-file right away.

NASA Astronauts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38064698)

Isn't that what they used to call "space tourists"?

And this is why not everyone can be an astronaut (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38067172)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv6RbEOlqRo

good luck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38068166)

good luck with that rejection letter - the federal government doesnt reply to application bids unless you are accepted.

Re:good luck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38070152)

If you make it to the "highly-qualified" stage or beyond (but don't get picked), you actually do get a "rejection letter" from the NASA Astronaut Selection Office.

Tall/short people need not apply (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38071696)

"Standing height between 62 and 75 inches."

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