NASA: Do you have the right stuff?

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Astronaut Bruce McCandless outside Space Shuttle Challenger in 1984.

Credit: NASA

A press release just arrived here from NASA, and, well, it’s unlike any other press release I can recall.

Be an Astronaut: NASA Seeks Explorers for Future Space Missions

In anticipation of returning human spaceflight launches to American soil, and in preparation for the agency’s journey to Mars, NASA announced it will soon begin accepting applications for the next class of astronaut candidates. With more human spacecraft in development in the United States today than at any other time in history, future astronauts will launch once again from the Space Coast of Florida on American-made commercial spacecraft, and carry out deep-space exploration missions that will advance a future human mission to Mars.

The agency will accept applications from Dec. 14 through mid-February and expects to announce candidates selected in mid-2017. Applications for consideration as a NASA Astronaut will be accepted at:

I am afraid that my best astronaut days are behind me. And my daughter, who has repeatedly expressed interest in becoming one and going to Mars, is too young (thankfully) at age 14.

But if you are in a better position to give it a go, now is your big chance.

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