NASA will get inundated with astronaut purposes
Apparently, everybody needs to be an astronaut. NASA has acquired a report variety of purposes for its open astronaut positions from mid-December 2015 till February 18th. Over 18,300 hopefuls submitted their resumes, virtually thrice as many in comparison with the company’s final hiring spherical in 2012. This spherical has shattered the earlier report set approach again in 1978, whereby eight,000 individuals tried to get a spot within the company’s roster of area explorers.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden stated it is “by no means shocking […] that so many People from numerous backgrounds need to personally contribute to blazing the path on our journey to Mars.” The truth that it has been 4 years because the company employed its final batch of astronauts most certainly contributed to the the variety of purposes. However there are in all probability different elements at play: for one, NASA has been doing an incredible job connecting with the widespread people by way of social media. All of the astronaut blockbusters in recent times, reminiscent of Gravity, Interstellar and The Martian, might have additionally contributed to the surge of curiosity in area exploration.
Of the 18,300 candidates, solely eight to 14 will get their dream job. NASA’s Choice Board will evaluation all of the purposes and interview one of the best candidates inside the subsequent 18 months. It’s going to then announce the names of those that made it in 2017 earlier than the brand new spacefarers begin their two-yr coaching. As soon as they’re prepared, the brand new astronauts will get to reside their dream and discover area aboard the ISS, the Orion capsule, Boeing’s CST-one hundred Starliner or SpaceX’s Crew Dragon.