NASA announced that in anticipation of returning human spaceflight launches to American soil, and in preparation for the agency’s journey to Mars, it will soon begin accepting applications for the next class of astronaut candidates.
“With more human spacecraft in development in the United States today than at any other time in history, future astronauts will launch once again from the Space Coast of Florida on American-made commercial spacecraft,” said NASA.
These future astronauts will carry out deep-space exploration missions that will advance a future human mission to Mars.
The agency will accept applications from 14 December 2015 to mid-February 2016, and expects to announce candidates selected in mid-2017.
“From pilots and engineers, to scientists and medical doctors, NASA selects qualified astronaut candidates from a diverse pool of U.S. citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds.”