Becoming an astronaut -- it's not just a wayward childhood dream. On Wednesday, NASA announced it's recruiting a new crop of astronauts and you just might have what it takes.
If selected, the newbie astronauts will be "considered for missions to the International Space Station" and "will likely have the chance to fly on two new, commercially made crew vehicles: the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 Starliner."
Somehow, it gets even better: "new astronauts will be considered for trips on board the Orion spacecraft, which could support astronauts in an extended trip around the moon, in preparation for a mission to Mars," the outlet reports. MOON? MARS? SPACE TIMES? OK.
But before our collective chill exits our bodies, let's check the facts. Here's what you need to ~officially~ qualify for astronauthood:
You've got to be between 5'2" and 6'3"
As a space enthusiast who's just over 5'1", this pains me beyond words. Also, your vision "must be correctable to 20/20, each eye" and "blood pressure not to exceed 140/90 measured in a sitting position."
You must have a Bachelor's degree in "engineering, biological science, physical science, or mathematics."
*Pours some for everyone with a BA, including myself*
You've gotta have at least 3 years of related work experience.
According to NASA, the candidate's "degree must be followed by at least 3 years of related, progressively responsible, professional experience or at least 1,000 pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft." Also: "An advanced degree is desirable and may be substituted for experience as follows: master’s degree = 1 year of experience, doctoral degree = 3 years of experience. Teaching experience, including experience at the K - 12 levels, is considered to be qualifying experience for the Astronaut Candidate position; provided degree is in a Science, Engineering, or Mathematics field."
You've got to be a U.S. Citizen.
If you have dual-citizenship, that works, too.
Update 12/15: As of yesterday, NASA's officially begun accepting applications for astronaut candidacy! If interested, you can apply here -- the application window closes on February 18, 2016.