Astronauts Wanted, Sorry No Shuttles

Fly NASA, where the sky is not the limit

By SETH BORENSTEIN
|  Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011  |  Updated 4:07 PM CDT
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In this handout provided by NASA, the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft takes off from Baikonur Cosmodrome on October 12, 2008 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The launch carries Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke, Flight Engineer Yury V. Lonchakov and 'Space Tourist' Richard Garriott to the International Space Station.

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NASA is looking to hire new astronauts to fly in space. You can even apply online at a giant government jobs website.

Only one trouble: With the space shuttle fleet retired, NASA doesn't have its own spaceship to fly astronauts and is sending fewer of them into orbit.

But with veteran astronauts leaving the space agency, NASA's flight crew chief says the agency is afraid it will not have enough astronauts. So in front of dozens of elementary school students, NASA on Tuesday unveiled its biggest ever public push to hire new astronauts.

According to the USA Jobs website the salary range for an astronaut candidate is $64,724.00 to $141,715.00 per year and the duty location is Houston.

Astronauts will fly on a Russian Soyuz spaceship to the International Space Station, eventually on American-built commercial rockets and even later in a NASA crew capsule.

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