Brush up that resume: NASA's recruiting astronauts

Posted by Emma Woollacott

NASA's announced that, in early November, it will start looking for  its next class of astronaut candidates.

Successful applicants will support long-duration missions to the International Space Station, as well as future deep space exploration activities.

"For scientists, engineers and other professionals who have always dreamed of experiencing spaceflight, this is an exciting time to join the astronaut corps," says Janet Kavandi, director of flight crew operations at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

"This next class will support missions to the station and will arrive via transportation systems now in development. They also will have the opportunity to participate in NASA's continuing exploration programs that will include missions beyond low Earth orbit."

Unfortunately for most of us, the bar's being set pretty high. Applicants will need a bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience as a bare minimum.

Beyond that, you're not likely to make it through the door without much greater scientific or engineering credentials, or extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft.

Only 330 astronauts have ever made it through the gruelling selection process. The latest batch includes schoolteachers, doctors, scientist, and engineers.

NASA expects to announce its final selections in 2013, with training to begin that August.

You'll be able to apply here - and good luck...