Calling all future astronauts: NASA wants to hear from you

NASA contractors ride a scaffold past the NASA logo on the side of the Vehicle Assemble building Wednesday morning Dec. 6, 2006 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Workers are continuing to repair tiles from hurricanes that hit the area in 2005. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(WISH) – If your dream is to become an astronaut, now is your chance.

In a promotional video that appeared on Twitter, NASA asked people if they had what it takes to apply for the astronaut program.

“I’m Charlie Bolden. NASA is on a journey to Mars, and we’re recruiting the next generation of space pioneers. Think you’ve got what it takes? We want you to apply for NASA’s astronaut program,” Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator said in the video.

NASA went into more detail on Instagram and Twitter Wednesday, using the hashtag “Be an Astronaut.”

The agency says it selects qualified astronaut candidates from what it calls a diverse pool of U.S. citizens with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Applications will be accepted from Dec.14 through mid-February. NASA is expected to announce its newest astronaut candidates in 2017.

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