NASA has big plans for sending humans on a mission to Mars. In order to do that, a proper team of astronauts must be gathered. NASA intends to recruit Mars explorers for a team which will be eventually composed of only twelve members. Here is the requirements they need to meet and the expectations of NASA from their potential astronauts.
Officials from NASA announced that they are looking for people for their manned mission to Mars. They are not interested in a specific field of professionals, so both women and men specialized in different fields can apply for the job. So far, NASA has received approximately eighteen thousand applications. However, only one hundred twenty people will have been selected for further tests by the summer of 2017.
The basic requirement for the future Mars explorers is good physical and mental health status. In addition to these, the astronauts must also be able to cope with stress, unexpected problems, and even boredom. These requirements are based on previous experiences of people who traveled in space.
NASA is planning a long-term mission to Mars. This is why they need to make sure that the explorers are qualified for the task. Being in space for so long can reveal unexpected issues, and the people on the spacecraft must be able to deal with them. Also spending so much time on the spacecraft with the same people requires great social skills from the future Mars explorers .
The space agency also requires from candidates the ability to work with a team and attention to details. The ability to work under pressure and stress conditions is another quality which examiners take into consideration when evaluating a person as a suitable candidate for the Mars mission. Psychologists also advised NASA officials on some of the key emotional features of perfect Mars explorers.
As far as professional skills are concerned, the space agency is interested in technological skills. Working with high-tech devices, gathering, storing and reporting data will be part of the astronauts’ duty on the mission. They also must be able to work with deadlines and follow instructions.
According to information from NASA, the mission to the Red Planet will last more than two-and-a-half years. So the people on the spacecraft have to deal with isolation, being away from their friends and family, and accomplishing daily tasks in a new environment. If you have ever dreamed of being an astronaut and travel to Mars, this is your chance to make that dream come true. However, you have to consider the implications.
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