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5 Myths About Becoming an Astronaut

Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to become a NASA Astronaut? The term “astronaut” derives from the Greek word meaning “space sailor,” and refers to all who have been launched as crew members aboard NASA spacecraft bound for orbit and beyond.

We’re looking for a new class of astronauts to join the NASA team, and here are a few things to know.

Here are a few myths about becoming an astronaut:

MYTH: All astronauts have piloting experience.

FACT: You don’t need to be a pilot to be an astronaut. Flying experience is not a requirement, but could be beneficial to have.

MYTH: All astronauts have perfect vision.

FACT: It’s okay if you don’t have 20/20 vision. As of September 2007, corrective surgical procedures of the eye (PRK and LASIK), are now allowed, providing at least 1 year has passed since the date of the procedure with no permanent adverse after effects.

MYTH: All astronauts have advanced degrees like, a PhD.

FACT: While a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is necessary, an advanced degree is not required to become an astronaut.

MYTH: Astronauts are required to have military experience in order to be selected.

FACT: Military experience is not required to become an astronaut.

MYTH: You have to be a certain age in order to be an astronaut. 

FACT: There are no age restrictions. Astronaut candidates selected in the past have ranged between the ages of 26 and 46, with the average age being 34.


Okay, but What are the requirements?

Basic Qualification Requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements before submitting an application. 

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics.
  • Degree must be followed by at least 3 years of related, progressively responsible, professional experience or at least 1,000 pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. An advanced degree is desirable and may be substituted for experience as follows: master’s degree = 1 year of experience, doctoral degree = 3 years of experience.  Teaching experience, including experience at the K - 12 levels, is considered to be qualifying experience for the Astronaut Candidate position; provided degree is in a Science, Engineering, or Mathematics field.
  • Ability to pass the NASA Astronaut physical, which includes the following specific requirements:
    • Distant and near visual acuity: Must be correctable to 20/20, each eye
      • The refractive surgical procedures of the eye, PRK and LASIK, are allowed, providing at least 1 year has passed since the date of the procedure with no permanent adverse after effects.  For those applicants under final consideration, an operative report on the surgical procedure will be requested.

Applications for our next astronaut class open on Dec. 14! Visit: http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/

Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com 

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Hello there darlings! We’re Julie @guardehn and Joel @kartuzi (omg our names are going so well together lmao!) and we are here to present an Indie showcase together to celebrate the different styles of indie blogs on tumblr! This is our first time presenting an awards page together and we are so excited to present this idea to all our followers! ♥

- R U L E S -

  • must be following: Julie @guardehn & Joel @kartuzi – we will check!
  • reblog this post! (likes don’t count)
  • have an Indie blogstyle = Indie with modern, or Indie with boho, or Indie with fashion, or Indie with …
  • Do not self promote on our post please

- P  E R K S -

  • Winners will be promoted to 19k+ dashboards
  • Winners will be displayed on a lovely page with sub categories of Indie (it’s like a huge showcase with all kind of Indie blogs) AND every blog on the page will receive a special award, especially for that blog!
  • You can ask for a promo (of your choice) once a week to both of us
  • New friends! (us duhhh :D)
  • Tons of new followers!
  • We will queue a lot from you

- H I G H E R  C H A N C E -

  • Reblog a lot from us so we notice you (but don’t spam!!)
  • Be active and friendly
  • Talk to us, we love talking!
  • Reblog this post more than once, but not like 100x!
  • Do not self promote on our post lease
  • Send us a message telling us why you would like to be chosen!

- O T H E R S -

  • Winners will be announced when we’re happy with the notes!
  • If you have any questions, feel free to ask us
  • Banner created by the lovely Alli @bravend

Happy reblogging and stay flawless!

Love, Joel & Julie xx

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So you want to work at NASA?

An out of this world career or internship might not be as far out of reach as you think. Check out all the ways you can get involved!

If you’re a student…

Our internships are the perfect place to start! We offer paid internships for spring, summer, and fall semesters to U.S. citizens currently attending an accredited university full time. Learn more at: https://intern.nasa.gov

Seriously considering a job in the Federal civil service? Check out the Pathways Internship Program which allows you to do multiple work tours while you finish school: http://nasajobs.nasa.gov/studentopps/employment/iep.htm

If you’re a recent graduate…

If you’re a U.S. citizen who has graduated from an accredited college or university within the past 2 years (or 6 if you have served in the military), then the our Recent Graduates program is just for you. Accepted applicants are placed in a 1 year career development program with the possibility of an additional year, or even granted term or permanent jobs within the agency. Learn more at: http://nasajobs.nasa.gov/studentopps/employment/rgp.htm.

If you’re a professional…

You can search for our job openings any time at USAJobs.com. Create an account, then use the USAJobs resume builder. Want to make sure your resume maximizes your opportunity for a job at NASA? Check out our Applicant Guide: https://applyonline.nasa.gov/applicant_guide.html.

You can then search for our job openings here: https://nasai.usajobs.gov/.

If you want to be an astronaut…

Astronaut candidate applications are accepted every few years- including right now! Get yours in before the current application closes on February 18, 2016.

Do you have a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field and 3 years of related professional experience? You might be eligible. Find out more and apply online at: https://nasai.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/423817000.

Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com

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Hey there lovely people! It’s been a while ago that I made my last faves page. And I saw so many beautiful blogs on here… So here’s Guardehn’s faves 4.0, to give other amazing blogs a chance! :)

- R U L E S -

  • Reblog this post (I won’t look at the likes) - reblog this more than once so I notice you!
  • Please be following me (guardehn) - I will check!
  • Please don’t change blogstyles/don’t do a whole blogmakeover/etc. after I chose you - because when I choose your blog, it’s because I like it that way! Some simple changes are allowed of course! – If you change your blog (and you’re one of little coffee beans) and I don’t like it, I’m allowed to remove your blog from my page :(( 

- P E R K S -

  • A spot on my faves page here, disguised as cute table with coffee or a lady who drinks coffee - under construction
  • A new friend (me yay!)
  • A follow from me if I’m not already
  • Promo’s whenever you want to 
  • Html help/blog advice/… etc.
  • Tons of new followers!
  • I will queue a lot from you

- H I G H E R  C H A N C E -

No higher chance! Just make sure your blog is on fleek! Awesome theme (@bravethemes - @moonthemes - @volcanicthemes - @themekid - @painthemes ETC.), nice feautures (!!!!!), an url to die for, sqdjjsqdkflfjd posts and a lovely icon!

- O T H E R -

  • I will choose when I’m happy with the notes (probably around the beginning of May)
  • I will choose 20-25 blogs (maybe less, maybe more). AND a list of blogs under 3k+ who will get extra attention in a noticebox! So if you have under 3k+ followers, please submit me your followercount!
  • Feel free to ask me questions about this
  • I made the banner yay!

Good luck, darlings! Stay flawless <3

Love, Julie xx

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Hi there lovely people of Tumblr! We’re Julie (guardehn) & Tinn (ferudeh) and we’ve decided to do an awards together. We both have a passion and love for fashion and that’s why we chose to use Iconic Models to disguise our awards. 

- R U L E S -

  • must be following: Julie @guardehn & Tinn @ferudeh
  • reblog this post! (likes don’t count) – we will check!

- A W A R D S - 

  • Kate Moss - best icon (2)
  • Naomi Campell - best url (2)
  • Gisele Bundchen - best posts (2)
  • Cindy Crawford - best theme (2)
  • Christy Turlington  - sweetest personality (2)
  • Heidi Klum - best playlist (2)
  • Tyra Banks - best colour palette (2)
  • Claudia Schiffer - new discovery (2)
  • Natalia Vodianova - best overall (1)
  • Coco Rocha - Julie’s personal faves (2)
  • Vanessa Paradis - Tinn’s personal faves (2)

- P  E R K S -

  • Winners will be promoted to 28k+ dashboards
  • Winners will be displayed on a page with all the Iconic Models yay
  • You can ask for a promo (of your choice) once a week to both of us
  • New friends!

- H I G H E R  C H A N C E -

No higher chance! Just make sure your blog is on fleek! Awesome theme, nice feautures, an url to die for, sqdjjsqdkflfjd posts and a lovely icon!

- O T H E R S - 

  • Winners will be announced around the end of the month March or earlier if we’re happy with the notes
  • If you have any questions, feel free to ask us
  • Banner created by Tinn

Good luck everyone!

Love, Julie & Tinn xx

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Hiiii there angels! We’re Julie @guardehn & Alli @bravend and this is already our third awards together whooo! This time we’re doing a Caffeine awards, because we both just can’t live without coffee! So it’s very simple, we will disguising our awards as coffee, isn’t that lovely??

R U L E S

  • must be following: Julie @guardehn & Alli @bravend – we will check!
  • reblog this post! (likes don’t count)

 A W A R D S

  • Ristretto: Best Icon
  • Americano: Best Posts
  • Irish coffee: Best New Discovery
  • Cappuccino: Nicest Blogger
  • Café Liégois: Best URL
  • Mocha: Best Playlist
  • Frappuccino: Best Different Style
  • Vienna coffee: Best Details
  • Lungo: Best Overall 
  • Espresso: Alli’s Faves
  • Latte Macchiatto: Julie’s Faves

P E R K S

  • Winners will be promoted to 22k+ dashboards
  • Winners will be displayed on a page with all different kind of coffees
  • You can ask for a promo (of your choice) once a week to both of us
  • New friends!
  • Tons of new followers!

H I G H E R  C H A N C E

  • Reblog this post more than once! But not like 100x!
  • Talk to us, we love to talk!
  • Be a nice person
  • Have a damn amazing (active!!) blog

 O T H E R S

  • Winners will be announced around the end of the month March or earlier if we’re happy with the notes
  • If you have any questions, feel free to ask us
  • Banner created by Alli ♥
  • Please don’t delete the text and try not to selfpromote on this!!

Good luck darlings and always enjoy your coffee okay?

Love, Julie & Alli xx

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Hello there darlings! We’re Julie @guardehn and Haniah @rehticent and we’re super friends here whooo! :D Since we both adore Sara Sampaio and Barbara Palvin, we searched for a picture with them together. 

- R U L E S -

  • must be following: Julie @guardehn & Haniah @rehticent – we will check!
  • reblog this post! (likes don’t count)

- A W A R D S -

  • Best icon 
  • Best url 
  • Best new discovery 
  • Best theme 
  • Sweetest personality 
  • Best blog details 
  • Best colour scheme 
  • Best overall 
  • Julie’s personal fave 
  • Haniah’s personal fave

Every award will contain two winners :)

- P E R K S -

  • Winners will be displayed on a page 
  • You can ask for a promo (of your choice) once a week to both of us
  • New friends!
  • Tons of new followers!

- H I G H E R  C H A N C E -

No higher chance! Just make sure your blog is on fleek! Awesome theme, nice feautures, an url to die for, sqdjjsqdkflfjd posts and a lovely icon! And the most important of all: be active and don’t self promote on this post!

- O T H E R S -

  • Winners will be announced around the end of the month July or earlier if we’re happy with the notes
  • If you have any questions, feel free to ask us
  • Banner created by my best partner in crime aka @rehticent, her banners are FLAWLESS, check them here: @bannersbyrehticent
  • Please don’t delete the text and try not to selfpromote on this!!

Happy reblogging and stay flawless! <3

Love, Julie & Haniah xx