Career Astronaut Competition

December 14, 2018 – a message from Astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave to Career Astronauts: “A life driven by the imagination and curiosity is one that is alive” – Story Musgrave

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We’re sending Career Astronaut teams into space!

Identifying Career Astronauts is a competitive process. Candidates, with a focus in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Arts (STEAM) will be considered. When selected as a Career Astronaut Candidate you will be taking part in the largest optimal team design research and training to ever take place anywhere in the world. You will be challenged both as an individual and as a valued member on multiple teams designed to take on the challenges of extreme environment situations that will take you deep into extinct lava tunnels, remote research labs, and deep underwater space vehicle mock-ups.   You will learn team skills, survival strategies, and astronaut skills that will prepare you for missions to suborbital space, the moon, Mars and beyond. While only one team will initially be selected for a mission to suborbital space, this is just the beginning. We will continue to engage with everyone, whether you advance this year or next year. New Career Astronaut opportunities will continue to become available. We look forward to reviewing your Career Astronaut application.

December 14, 2018 – a message from Astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave to Career Astronauts: “A life driven by the imagination and curiosity is one that is alive” – Story Musgrave

Read More

We’re sending Career Astronaut teams into space!

Identifying Career Astronauts is a competitive process. Candidates, with a focus in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Arts (STEAM) will be considered. When selected as a Career Astronaut Candidate you will be taking part in the largest optimal team design research and training to ever take place anywhere in the world. You will be challenged both as an individual and as a valued member on multiple teams designed to take on the challenges of extreme environment situations that will take you deep into extinct lava tunnels, remote research labs, and deep underwater space vehicle mock-ups.   You will learn team skills, survival strategies, and astronaut skills that will prepare you for missions to suborbital space, the moon, Mars and beyond. While only one team will initially be selected for a mission to suborbital space, this is just the beginning. We will continue to engage with everyone, whether you advance this year or next year. New Career Astronaut opportunities will continue to become available. We look forward to reviewing your Career Astronaut application.

Requirements

Requirements

  • Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or are enrolled in any STEM degree program that will result in at least a Bachelor’s degree during the competition or before its conclusion (i.e. engineering, biology, mathematics, etc.)
  • Must be physically fit for space and able to pass a physical exam
  • Must be able to pass Scuba Certification
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs
  • Must complete at least three years of work related experience in chosen field of study before or during the competition 
  • Must be free from any disease, dependency on drugs, alcohol, tobacco or psychiatric disorders
  • Must have the normal range of motion and functionality in all joints
  • Must have visual acuity in both eyes of 100% (20/20) either uncorrected or corrected with lenses or contact lenses
  • Must demonstrate cognitive, mental and personality capabilities to enable him/her to work efficiently in an intellectually and socially highly demanding environment
  • Foreign language skills a plus
  • Must be at least 18 years of age 

To apply, here’s what we’ll need from you:

  • Describe in 500 words or less why you want to be a Career Astronaut
  • Attach your most current resume
  • Attach unofficial transcripts (Minimum 3.5 GPA)