Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I actually have butterflies in my stomach.......!!!!

Sept. 18, 2007


HOUSTON - NASA is accepting applications for the 2009 Astronaut Candidate Class. Those selected could fly to space for long-duration stays on the International Space Station and missions to the moon.

"We look forward to gathering applications and then being able to select from the largest pool possible," said Ellen Ochoa, NASA's chief of Flight Crew Operations at the Johnson Space Center.
"Continuing our impressive record in successfully carrying out challenging human spaceflight missions depends on maintaining a talented and diverse astronaut corps."

To be considered, a bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience are required.
Typically, successful applicants have significant qualifications in engineering or science, or extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft.

Teaching experience, including work at the kindergarten through 12th grade level, is considered qualifying. Educators with the appropriate educational background are encouraged to apply.

After a six-month period of evaluation and interviews, NASA will announce final selections in early 2009. Astronaut candidates will report to Johnson in the summer of 2009 to begin the basic training program to prepare them for future spaceflight assignments.

NASA will accept applications through July 1, 2008. To apply visit:


Additional information about the Astronaut Candidate Program is available by calling the Astronaut Selection Office at 281-483-5907 or by visiting:



Anonymous said...

Are you applying? If so, very best wishes!

Meg said...

Are you applying this year?? Good luck!

Richard said...

Are you applying, Damaris? Good luck if you do! :)

Paolo Amoroso said...

When you get to the Moon, I hope you remember all those who wished you good luck for this adventure.

Anonymous said...

Go for it girl!! I hope I'll be following you in a couple of years.

Andy said...

Go Get it Damaris. It's only a matter of time!

Anonymous said...

I have butterflies in my stomach for you!!! Good luck!!!

Anonymous said...

Good luck! Do you know will the next round of applications open in 09' for the class of 2011?

Miguel Lopes said...

Best news of today! Go for it, and give it your best, I'm sure you won't be overlooked!

mark_smith said...

Good luck Damaris :)


Unknown said...

Damaris, I recently came across your blog just after starting a similar one of my own. I need to finish my Ph.D. first, so I won't be applying this time around, but perhaps in two years I'll start sending mine in. If you're reaching for it this year, best of luck to you! I'll be excited to see how it works out.

Unknown said...

That's Great!!!!


Anonymous said...

GOOD LUCK! I want to be able to wish you "Godspeed" one day when you strap yourself into an Orion and aim for Mars... :-)

Anonymous said...

We're rooting for you!

Anonymous said...

Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

Sooooooo, this is a mystery to me! Will you apply through traditional means (this new posting), or will you be able to get in through another avenue.

I've been following your blog for some time, and have to say -- GOOD LUCK!

www.takashispace.com - Amsterdam

kevbayer said...

Go for it!! We're all behind you!

I thought about applying... but I didn't think NASA would be able to use a former Radio DJ and current Emergency Communications guy that can't balance his checkbook and doesn't like rollercoasters :-).

Anonymous said...

Hi Damaris, I've just seen your blog a couple of times, but noticed it was included in a list of top blogs in aerospace & defense (not sure how you get on that list)


If you do apply, just do your best and don't get too disappointed if you're not picked. You probably already know this, but I've lost count of how many stories there are of astronauts getting in on the second try. Apparently NASA gives some points for persistence!

Also, I thought you and your readers might be interested in my blog AeroGo for students & others interested in the aerospace field: