NASA, the selection to become citizens of Mars: how to apply

What are the requirements to join the ranks of NASA and apply to be the first astronaut to set foot on Mars.

The date is set for the fall of 2022. In short, there are only a few months left, then some lucky ones will be able to live for an entire year on Mars. It is not science fiction, the selections are already open. The requirements? Already available. In short, everything is ready for the space mission, even if in reality it's not about literally going into space.

Here are all the details of the visionary mission.

Who can apply for the selection of NASA to become a citizen of Mars

To submit your application to the famous American space agency, you must reside in the United States or be a U.S. citizen. You must be in perfect health and motivated enough not to have second thoughts during a mission that promises to be anything but simple. Other requirements: do not smoke, be between 30 and 55 years old, speak very good English - in fact, you will need to communicate effectively with the base. For the rest, the selection will be subject to the same kind of process that NASA uses with those who apply to become astronauts.

From an educational point of view, a master's degree in scientific disciplines such as engineering, mathematics or biological sciences, physics or computer science is required. You also need to have at least two years of professional work in science behind you or a minimum of 1,000 hours piloting an aircraft.

These aren't generous requirements, of course, but the job isn't for everyone. By the way, what does it consist of?

What does NASA's mission to become citizens of Mars consist of

It will consist of not one but a series of missions, collectively known as the Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog. Three of them will have a total duration of one year. The aspiring astronauts will not actually be sent to the Red Planet - of course, we don't have the technology to do that yet - but they will still have the closest experience to the real thing, being sent to NASA's Johnson Space Center, which simulates, in every way, the surface of the fourth planet in the Solar System.

Who knows, maybe among the lucky winners of the selection will not nest the first man on the Red Planet. In fact, the program is intended to identify promising astronauts. Considering the steps forward that NASA is making in the exploration of Mars - scientists have even discovered what is at the center of the planet - it is to be hoped that the ditching is not so far away.

Giuseppe Giordano