Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Astronaut Candidate Selection Process Timeline

It was recently pointed out to me that NASA has made a timeline available regarding the astronaut candidate selection process.

September - October 2008
Qualified Applications reviewed to determine Highly Qualified applicants

October - November 2008
Highly Qualified applications reviewed to determine Interviewees

November 2008 - January 2009
Interviewees brought to JSC for preliminary interview, medical evaluation, and orientation

February 2009
Finalists determined

February - March 2009
Finalists brought to JSC for additional interview and complete medical evaluation

May 2009
Astronaut Candidate Class of 2009 announced

August 2009
Astronaut Candidate Class of 2009 reports to the Johnson Space Center


Dave said...

People are getting invited to initial interviews. Check out:


I wonder if the interview process will slow down due to hurricane Ike and the closure of JSC this week?

I am also an astronaut application and eagerly awaiting word. Thanks for blogging about this!

Damaris B. Sarria said...

I am thinking there may be a delay. We're actually still waiting to hear if launch will be effected due to Ike.

brian said...

I have a similar post with some more details on the timeline: http://brianshiro.blogspot.com/2008/09/nasas-2009-astronaut-class-selection.html

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Yea, I've been expecting my 'Dear John' letter for a few weeks now. Haven’t gotten it yet, so I'm really wondering. I have an acquaintance who roomed with Col Macarthur’s brother at the USNA, I wrote up some questions to pass along to him about the time line of the process but I haven’t heard anything. Will post here if I do. Good to hear that some interview letters have gone out. Good luck to everyone.

Dave said...

The news story in my earlier comment seems to be a misunderstanding. Apparently the applicant made it to the next round for the Navy, not specifically NASA.

Anonymous said...


They're checking my references. Yay.
I had marked 'don't contact' on the current supervisor section and Ms. Gomez called me yesterday to ask if she could contact him anyway.
My supervisor is supposed to be getting 'the form' next week.
So it would appear they're on schedule this selection round.


Anonymous said...

Got word back finally from Col. Mac. No 'Dear John' letters will be sent out to the people who are passed over to get to the 400 Highly Qualified Candidates. In fact only those who get to the final round of interviews when they go for the last round early next year will probably be notified of their select/non-selection. From here on out its a 'no news is bad news' scenario.

Danielle said...

Don't worry honey, you are an astronaut in my book.

Anonymous said...

Hi Damaris,
Thanks for letting us know that Teresa G contacted you in regards to sending the form letter to your supervisor. Congratulations to you for making it to the top 10%. You must be thrilled. It is quite an accomplishment. You have a lot to be proud of. Did any of your references actually get the letter last week?
Best of luck to you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Damaris,
Best wishes to you in the selection process. You had posted earlier that Teresa G contacted you in regards to getting a reference from your current supervisor. Have any of your references actually received the reference form.
Best regards and good luck,
ASCAN applicant

Damaris B. Sarria said...

Lasken, I believe you have mistaken the thread off the yahoo groups. I have not been contacted by Teresa Gomez. I believe that was someone else on the yahoo asho group that was contacted to see if they could send out a reference form even though that person put down on the application to not contact their supervisor.

I have not heard any news from my contacts either in recieving any work from NASA.

I'm waiting like a bunch of others. :)

Paula said...

I too want to be an astronaut. I am only 16 years of age though. Many may say that its a big goal, but i know that deep in my heart, i can accomplish it. :)

Vinni said...

WELL, i am 34 years old. i always wanted to be astronaut and still want to do that. I am from India and have a PhD in industrial engineering and operations research. somehow, i did not get to study aerospace engineering. now i earn good and want to give a shot to my dream. ISRO (Indian space agency) might send a man to the orbit in next 10 years. i want to aim for that opportunity. what do you say guys/girls ? should i keep my dream alive ? your feedback is very important.


mgs93 said...

Hi all,
I applied for the 2009 selections process and just yesterday received my "Dear John" letter. I'm an Electrical Engineering PhD student in missile stabilization and control/cooperative control at the University of Central Florida. I have a tremendous amount of research work under my belt for the DOD but I'm lacking in work place experiance which I knew was going to be an issue. I'll definitly be applying again and again until they get sick of hearing from me and call me up..lol. Congradulations to everyone here. Very very few people can say theyve placed applications to be an astronaut.