Got the right stuff?: NASA Hiring Astronauts

Published: November 5, 2015

Got the right stuff?: NASA Hiring Astronauts, NASA has issued a hiring call for space explorers who may fly on future missions aboard commercially built spacecraft or NASA’s deep-space Orion capsule.

With the American spaceflight program grounded since 2011 when the space shuttle was retired, NASA is looking to bolster its corps, which currently consists of just 47 astronauts.

In 2000, at the peak of the space shuttle era, there were 149. US spacecraft will not return to flight until 2017 — though four veteran astronauts have already been selected for the first spaceflights aboard Boeing’s new spaceship, the CST-100 Starliner, in 2017 and SpaceX’s Dragon crew capsule soon after.

“More will be needed to crew future missions to the space station and destinations in deep space,” NASA said in a statement.

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