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To be considered for the position, you have to be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be between the ages of 30 and 55, have a master's degree in a STEM field from an accredited institution, have at least two years of related professional experience in a STEM field or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time on a jet aircraft, and be able to pass NASA's long-duration flight astronaut physical.
The master's degree requirement can be replaced by a doctorate in medicine or doctorate in osteopathic medicine, completion of or current enrollment in a test pilot school program, or two years of work toward a doctoral program in a related science, technology, engineering or math field.
However, applicants with a bachelor's degree and other specific qualifications — relevant additional education, military, or at least four years of professional experience in a STEM field — may also be considered for the job.
If you're selected as a finalist, you'll have to undergo medical evaluations, psychological testing and psychiatric screening to determine your suitability for a demanding long-duration isolation mission. Candidates are also required to have received a COVID-19 vaccine and show proof that they're fully vaccinated.
Anybody with food allergies, avoidances or gastrointestinal disorders won't be selected along with those on specific medications like blood thinners, seizure medications, daily allergy medications and antidepressants.
Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. CT on September 17, 2021.
Who Should Apply: Someone who wants to participate as the crew of a one-year mission that will simulate living on Mars. The job has post-secondary education and professional experience in a STEM field qualifications that need to be met along with age, residency and other requirements.