What child hasn't dreamed of becoming an astronaut? Now, you can. NASA is accepting applications for a new class of astronauts.

Till 18 February you have time to take a chance and become NASA astronaut.

Today, more new human spacecraft are in development in the United States (U.S.) than at any time in history, and future Astronaut Candidates will have the opportunity to explore farther in space than humans have ever been.The Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, now in development, will launch astronauts on missions to the proving ground of lunar orbit where NASA will learn to conduct complex operations in a deep space environment before moving on to longer duration missions on the journey to Mars.

To date, NASA has selected more than 300 astronauts to fly on its increasingly challenging missions to explore space and benefit life on Earth. More will be needed to crew future ISS missions, as well as, the missions beyond low earth orbit.

Astronauts are involved in all aspects of training for and conducting operations in space, including on the ISS, on Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and in the development and testing of future spacecraft. This includes extravehicular activities (EVA), robotics operations using the remote manipulator system, the ability to operate and conduct research experiments, the ability to operate as a safe member of an aircraft crew (including flight planning and communications), and spacecraft maintenance activities. Astronauts also participate in mission simulations to help themselves and flight controllers in the Mission Control Center operate in the dynamic environment of low earth orbit. Additionally, astronauts serve as the public face of NASA, providing appearances across the country, and sharing NASA's discoveries and goals. 

The last application process netted over 6,000 applications, and of those only 8 were selected. Only 8 to 14 people are expected to be selected in this next class which won't be announced until June 2017. If this is you dream about it as a boy, at least you should try. Salary? $66,026.00 to $144,566.00. Apply here. Good luck!

Dec. 17, 2015 Living photo: NASA

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