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Wanted Astronauts For Mars: NASA

Update Date: Dec 14, 2015 05:18 PM EST

Want an out of the world job? Vie for a place on NASA's new astronaut class. The space agency is hiring astronauts for missions, including one to Mars.

Applicants have to be US citizens with a bachelor's degree in Science, math or engineering, TIME reports. Astronauts selected could earn as much as $ 144,566 a year if they willing to move to Houston.

"The next class of astronauts may fly on any of four different U.S. spacecraft during their careers: the International Space Station (ISS), two new commercial spacecraft being built by U.S. companies, and NASA's Orion deep-space exploration vehicle," the job description reads.

"The Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft, now in development, will launch astronauts on missions to the proving ground of lunar orbit where NASA will learn to conduct complex operations in a deep space environment before moving on to longer duration missions on the journey to Mars."

NASA only considers highly-qualified candidates for the job and there is no guarantee of becoming an astronaut; an applicant has to successfully complete the astronaut training. ABC News reports that more than 6,000 applicants applied in 2013 but only about eight were selected. Just about 300 astronauts graduated ever since recruitment began in 1950s.

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