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That statement might seem innocuous enough on its own, but when paired with the myriad other qualifications posted on a new online job posting, it becomes clear that this isn't just another run-of-the-mill position.
And yet, NASA on Tuesday followed numerous other employers these days in posting an open call for new astronaut candidates online, at the government job-finding website USAJobs.
It's not the first time NASA has posted an astronaut job application online (that was actually in 2009), but with nearly 70 percent of Americans logging online to look for job information in the wake of the 2008 recession, perhaps NASA's online job app will attract even more interest this time around.
"For 50 years, American astronauts have led the exploration of our solar system," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a press release on Tuesday. "Today we are getting a glimpse of why that will remain true for the next half-century. Make no mistake about it, human space flight is alive and well at NASA."