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.
With space shuttle Discovery's right landing gear reassembled following the replacement of its four hydraulic seals, technicians now are carrying out a series of tests on the system. Once these tests are concluded and the repairs have been determined successful, the way would be cleared for Discovery's move from its processing hangar at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to the Vehicle Assembly Building. Rollout to Pad 39A is targeted for Sept. 30.
One of Discovery's struts, which act as shock absorbers during the shuttle's landing, began leaking hydraulic fluid last week.
Once Discovery is in the Vehicle Assembly Building, it will be attached to its external fuel tank and two solid rocket boosters for its upcoming mission, STS-120, to the International Space Station.