Archive - Sep 22, 2007 - Story
HOUSTON - NASA is accepting applications for the 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class. Those selected could fly to space for long-duration stays on the International Space Station and missions to the moon.
"We look forward to gathering applications and then being able to select from the largest pool possible," said Ellen Ochoa, NASA's chief of Flight Crew Operations at the Johnson Space Center. "Continuing our impressive record in successfully carrying out challenging human spaceflight missions depends on maintaining a talented and diverse astronaut corps."
To be considered, a bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience are required. Typically, successful applicants have significant qualifications in engineering or science, or extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft.
NASA will hold a pair of media briefings on Tuesday, Sept. 25, to preview the upcoming exchange of crews aboard the International Space Station.
At 1 p.m. CDT, NASA will review the work completed during the current Expedition 15 mission. A second briefing, set to begin at 2 p.m., will preview the work planned aboard the station for the Expedition 16 mission. The briefings will originate from NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, and will be broadcast live on NASA Television. Questions will be taken from media at participating NASA sites. Reporters should call their preferred field center to confirm its availability.