Feel like your place is in the stars? Are you an adventure seeker, an explorer, a person passionate about science and space? We need you! Applications are now open for our next class of Artemis Generation astronauts! If chosen, you could someday find yourself moonwalking or maybe one of the first people to go to Mars.


To join the journey, astronaut candidates must have earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics. The requirement for the master’s degree can also be met by:

• Two years (36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours) of work toward a Ph.D. program in a related science, technology, engineering or math field;

• A completed doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine degree;

• Completion (or current enrollment that will result in completion by June 2021) of a nationally recognized test pilot school program.

Candidates also must have at least two years of related, progressively responsible professional experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Astronaut candidates must pass the NASA long-duration spaceflight physical and may be asked to complete an online assessment, which could take up to two hours to complete.

Dream Big – Want to #BeAnAstronaut, but don’t know where to start? Here are some ways you can kick-start your journey! Even if you don’t qualify — yet — there are ways to get involved with our missions. Check out 10 ways to prepare.



Artemis Generation Astronauts – The astronauts selected from this application will become the second class to graduate under the Artemis program. The first class graduated in January 2020, beginning careers in exploration that may take them to the International Space Station, on missions to the Moon under the Artemis program, or someday, Mars. Meet our newest astronaut class!

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