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NASA launches search for new astronauts as US plans to return to Moon

NASA launches search for new astronauts as US plans to return to Moon

With the US's ambitious plans to return to the moon, NASA has officially opened its doors for new astronaut candidates for the first time in four years to meet the demand for skilled astronauts.

Competition for these coveted positions is expected to be intense, as highlighted by the overwhelming response to previous recruitment drives. In 2020, NASA received over 12,000 applications for just 10 available spots, emphasizing the fierce competition and the enduring allure of space exploration.

According to the job posting released on Tuesday, applicants are required to meet specific education and experience criteria, including backgrounds as pilots, doctors, or engineers. Selected astronaut candidates will undergo rigorous training for approximately two years, focusing on essential skills such as spacewalking, robotics, and teamwork.

The position, based in Houston, offers a competitive salary of around $152,000 per year, with additional perks including extensive travel opportunities. This starting salary places astronaut candidates within the upper echelons of federal job compensation in the Houston area, as reported by

The deadline for aspiring astronauts to submit their applications is April 2, marking the beginning of what promises to be an exciting and highly competitive selection process. With the promise of groundbreaking missions to the moon and beyond, the opportunity to join NASA's elite team of astronauts is a dream come true for many aspiring space explorers.

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