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This Is Your Chance To Travel To The Moon And Mars With NASA

Space exploration has been a top priority in the U.S. government in the past years. With support from the Trump administration and industry, NASA is now calling on citizens to join the next mission to bring humans back to the Moon and beyond. 

The space agency announced that it is now accepting applications from people who would go to the lunar surface and potentially Mars in the future. The government aims to see the first batch of humans on the Moon in 2024 as part of NASA’s Artemis program.

"America is closer than any other time in history since the Apollo program to returning astronauts to the Moon," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. "We will send the first woman and next man to the lunar South Pole by 2024, and we need more astronauts to follow suit on the Moon, and then Mars."

To qualify, NASA said applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold a master's degree in sciences, maths or engineering. This is the first time the agency set a higher educational requirement since previous applications only looked for an undergraduate degree, The Sun reported Tuesday.

You should also have at least two years of related professional experience or 1,000 hours piloting a jet aircraft. Candidates must pass eye tests with a 20/20 vision and fit into the agency’s existing spacecraft and spacesuits. 

"We’re looking for talented men and women from diverse backgrounds and every walk of life to join us in this new era of human exploration that begins with the Artemis program to the Moon," Bridenstine added. "If you have always dreamed of being an astronaut, apply now."

Those who will pass the tests and become NASA’s new astronauts may be assigned to the International Space Station (ISS). They would conduct experiments focused on missions to the Moon and Mars. 

NASA said some astronauts may also be based on the lunar South Pole. The agency plans to work with commercial and international partners to conduct the “innovative and sustainable program” and “enable human expansion across the solar system.”

Applications will run through the end of March 2020. Officials are expected to pick final candidates by mid-2021. 

You can apply through the USAJobs website. There will be a two-hour online screening before submitting applications.

Astronaut The U.S. has been working on new projects to build spacecraft and launch vehicles to bring humans back to the Moon by 2024. Pixabay

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