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Think you have the right stuff to be an astronaut?

Nasa issued a hiring call today for space explorers that may fly on future missions aboard commercially built spacecraft or Nasa’s deep-space Orion capsule.

With the American spaceflight program grounded since 2011 when the space shuttle was retired, the agency is looking to bolster its corps, which currently consists of just 47 astronauts.

The agency will begin accepting applications here from December 14 through mid-February, it added. Hires will be announced in 2017.

Those interested in applying must be US citizens and have a college or university degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics.

They must also have at least as well as three years of professional experience or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft.

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Do YOU have what it takes to be an astronaut? Nasa is hiring

Nasa wants astronauts to fly onboard private craft and the Orion capsule The space agency currently has 47 astronauts, compared to 149 in 2000 Agency will begin accepting applications from December 14 to February Recruits will take part in future missions to ISS, to asteroids and to Mars Think you have the right stuff to be an astronaut?



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