NASA is actively recruiting new applicants for astronaut training. If you want to be an astronaut — and who doesn’t? — this might be your chance.

The quakifications aren’t easy. They only want the best of the best. Applicants should be American citizens in good physical shape, with an M. S. degree (or higher) in a STEM field. Investigate this link for more information. Be warned, their last class of astronaut candidates had 12,00 applicants. They picked ten for astronaut training. The ratio is expected to be similar this time.

“Astronaut candidates will spend approximately two years training on the basic skills required to be an astronaut – from spacewalking and robotics to leadership and teamwork skills. Upon completing training, they will join the active astronaut corps and become eligible for spaceflight assignment. Until assigned a spaceflight, they will have responsibilities within the astronaut office ranging from supporting their fellow astronauts in space to advising on the development of new spacecraft.”

But if you’re smart, strong, and star-hungry, give it a try. The worst they can do is say no. This is a unique opportunity to serve your country and the world. Plus, if you’re accepted into astronaut training, you might be interviewed by SciFi.Radio.


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.