NASA To Hire More New Artemis Generation Astronauts
The national aeronautic and space administration on eleventh February 2020 started announced that they need new astraunauts. This is because NASA is preparing to launch astronauts in America to the internationa space station.
Over the years, since 1960 precisely NASA has selected 350 people that became astronaut candidates who are to be given months of training on the challenging missions in space exploration. With 48 astronauts qualified and are active astronaut corps more will be needed to crew the spacecraft bound for multiple destinations propelling exploration forward as part of the Artemis missions and beyond.
What is Artemis?
As I stated earlier Artemis is the name given by NASA to the lunar (moon) exploration to be launched in 2024
Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology. Now, NASA uses her to personify their path to the Moon as the name of NASA’s program, including the first woman and the next man. When they land, our American astronauts will step foot where no human has ever been before specifiaclly the Moon’s South Pole.
How Artemis will Happen
Firstly, its good to know that NASA needs more astronauts to make the Artemis project happen as they are going to a place no man has ever steped foot on. This means they will need more “hands on deck”.
How Will They Get There?
Let’s say NASA got all astronauts it needs for the Artemis project and is ready for take off. NASA’s powerful new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will send astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft nearly a quarter million miles from Earth to lunar orbit. Astronauts will dock Orion at the Gateway and transfer to a human landing system for expeditions to the surface of the Moon. They will return to the orbital outpost to board Orion again before returning safely to Earth.
In a lay man’s understanding, NASA built a new spaceship that is capable of taking astronauts from earth to the moon up in sky and landing the astronauts safely and smoothly on the moon at the same time bringing these astronauts back to earth easily, more efficiently and the safest way possible.
The agency will fly two missions around the Moon to test its deep space exploration systems. NASA is working toward launching Artemis I, an uncrewed flight to test the SLS and Orion spacecraft together, followed by the Artemis II mission, the first SLS and Orion test flight with crew. Artemis Project will land the astronauts on the Moon by 2024 on the Artemis III mission and about once a year thereafter.
NASA is committed to landing American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024. Through the agency’s Artemis lunar exploration program, we will use innovative new technologies and systems to explore more of the Moon than ever before. We will collaborate with our commercial and international partners to establish sustainable missions by 2028. And then we will use what we learn on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap (travling or sending astronauts to mars).
When Will They Get There?
Ahead of the human return, we will send a suite of science instruments and technology demonstrations to the lunar surface through commercial Moon deliveries beginning in 2021. And by 2024 NASA will send astronauts on the moon which NASA intends to keep at it every once a year.
What is NASA’s mission for the Artemis Project
What Will The Astronauts Do There?
While Mars remains our horizon goal, we have set our sights first on exploring the entire surface of the Moon with human and robotic explorers. We will send astronauts to new locations, starting with the lunar South Pole. At the Moon, we will:
- Find and use water and other critical resources needed for long-term exploration
- Investigate the Moon’s mysteries and learn more about our home planet and the universe
- Learn how to live and operate on the surface of another celestial body where astronauts are just three days from home.
- Prove the technologies we need before sending astronauts on missions to Mars, which can take up to three years roundtrip
Is Artemis for Americans Only?
We’re celebrating our 20th year of continuous presence aboard the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit this year, and we’re on the verge of sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “For the handful of highly talented women and men we will hire to join our diverse astronaut corps, it’s an incredible time in human spaceflight to be an astronaut. We’re asking all eligible Americans if they have what it to takes to apply beginning March 2.
The basic requirements to apply include
- United States citizenship.
- A master’s degree in a STEM field, including engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics, from an accredited institution. The requirement for the master’s degree can also be met by: Two years (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours) of work toward a Ph.D. program in a related science, technology, engineering or math field. A completed doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine degree. Completion (or current enrollment that will result in completion by June 2021) of a nationally recognized test pilot school program.
- Candidates also must have at least two years of related, progressively responsible professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Astronaut candidates must pass the NASA long-duration spaceflight physical.
Americans may apply to #BeAnAstronaut at: http://www.usajobs.gov
As part of the application process, applicants will, for the first time, be required to take an online assessment that will require up to two hours to complete.
After completing training, the new astronauts could launch on American rockets and spacecraft developed for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to live and work aboard the International Space Station, 250 miles above Earth, where they will take part in experiments that benefit life at home and prepare us for more distant exploration.
They may also launch on NASA’s powerful new Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, docking the spacecraft at the Gateway in lunar orbit before taking a new human landing system to the Moon’s surface. After returning humans to the Moon in 2024, NASA plans to establish sustainable lunar exploration by 2028. Gaining new experiences on and around the Moon will prepare NASA to send the first humans to Mars in the mid-2030s.
NASA expects to select the new class of astronaut candidates in mid-2021 to begin training as the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts.
For more information about a career as a NASA astronaut, and application requirements, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts or if you have questions ask us
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