Calling would-be astronauts

by Paul Jay, CBCNews.ca

It sounds like the perfect job: A full-time permanent position with a salary range of between $59,000 and $130,000 US. Sure, the want ad said "frequent travel may be required", but what do you expect for the title of "Astronaut Candidate."

NASA announced last week it was taking applications from scientists and engineers through July 1, 2008, and is expected to hire 10 to 15 candidates in early 2009.

"To be considered, a bachelor's degree in engineering, science or math and three years of relevant professional experience are required," according to the release. It helps to have "extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft."

Unfortunately for us, you must be a U.S. citizen to apply for the job.

For those looking on how to become a Canadian astronaut, the Canadian Space Agency has a page here. It also has a list of other career paths, just in case you decide to set your sights on more Earth-bound positions.