Hottest Job on the Planet: NASA Wants to Send You to Mars

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Calling all #fiercefemales! Your dream job is here, and you can totally apply for it. NASA announced last week that it plans to hire four astronauts in mid-2017 for future space exploration, including missions to Mars, per its statement:

" anticipation of returning human spaceflight launches to American soil, and in preparation for the agency's journey to Mars."
Americans have traveled to space only on several Russian spacecraft in the last five years since the American Space Shuttle program stopped sending astronauts in 2011, making the new announcement all the more significant.

Check out the areas where the four different positions are open below:
  • Operating two commercial crew vehicles currently being built by Boeing and SpaceX (Side note: SpaceX's COO and President Gwynne Shotwell leads the $5 billion dollar NASA partnership to deliver astronauts to the space station. Talk about a #fiercefemale!)
  • International Space Station (ISS)
  • Operating NASA's Orion deep-space exploration vehicle

If you don't have your Master's in Math/Engineering or you haven't flown a plane or fighter jet for the last five years, you can still get involved in bada** initiatives around STEM (science, technology, engineering and math):
If you're still itching to go to Mars and don't have the certifications required, check out InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport), a geophysical mission to Mars that's currently allowing people to sign up to virtually visit.

Now get your #fierce on! Tweet me what inspires you to be a boss @lizprugh. #BUILTBYGIRLS


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