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Seeking Space Explorers: NASA Opens Astronaut Application Window

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NASA is looking for astronauts to help blaze a trail to Mars. The space agency started accepting applications Monday.

To be considered, applicants must be U.S. citizens with at least a bachelor’s degree in science, math or engineering.

Competition is expected to be intense: Of the more than 6,000 people who applied for NASA’s last astronaut class in 2013, only eight made it.

Astronauts make between $66,000 and $145,000 a year. They must be willing to relocate to Houston, where the Johnson Space Center is located.

Applications are being accepted online through Feb. 18, 2016.