If you have ever dreamed of going into space
, now is your chance. No, this isn't some weird one-way suicide mission, nor is it yet another (yawn!) opportunity for the ultra-wealthy to spend a few minutes weightless. This is NASA's
open enrollment for a job as an astronaut
; a real, actual, astronaut. Of course, that's if you make it through the application process.
On the subject of qualifications, NASA has this advice to applicants:
A bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience are required in order to be considered. Typically, successful applicants have significant qualifications in engineering or science, or extensive experience flying high-performance jet-aircraft.
If you make it through the exhaustive application, you should expect to hear back from NASA sometime in 2013. Training will begin in August of that year.