Wednesday, April 18, 1962 – Astronaut Applications Open


NASA is accepting applications for additional astronauts and will be doing so through June 1, 1962. The plan is to select between five and ten new astronauts to augment the existing corps of seven. The new astronauts will support Project Mercury operations, and go on to join the Mercury astronauts in piloting the Gemini spacecraft.

Applicants must:

  1. Be experienced jet test pilots, preferably engaged in high-performance aircraft.
  2. Have experimental flight test status, attained through military service, work in the aircraft industry, work through NASA, or be a graduate from a military test pilot school.
  3. Have a degree in the physical or biological sciences or in engineering.
  4. Be a United States citizen under 35 years of age at the time of selection and at most six feet in height.
  5. Be recommended by his parent organization.

Interviews are to be done in July, with written examinations on engineering and scientific knowledge given to applicants, and medical screening following for select applicants.

Training is to include work with the design and development engineers, simulator flying, centrifuge training, scientific training, and high-performance aircraft flight.

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Author: Project Gemini Chronology

The Project Gemini Chronology is drawn from multiple sources, but most heavily from NASA's Special Publication-4002, Project Gemini Technology and Operations: A Chronology, prepared by James M Grimwood and Barton C Hacker, with Peter J Vorzimmer. Other chronologies will be used where fitting, such as (particularly) those for Project Mercury and Project Apollo.

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