NASA announced Tuesday it will start accepting applications for its next class of astronaut candidates in November. The last class of nine astronauts graduated in 2009. NASA expects the news class to graduate in 2013.
"For scientists, engineers and other professionals who have always dreamed of experiencing spaceflight, this is an exciting time to join the astronaut corps," Janet Kavandi, director of flight crew operations at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, said in a statement.
Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math - plus three years of relevant, post-university work experience. Graduate degrees are a plus and can be substituted for time spent working in the real world.
It would also help to have extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft.
According to NASA's astronaut brochure, applicants will be selected from both the civilian world and the military.
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