Astronaut Cover Letter

Astronauts serve as one member of a crew aboard a spacecraft. Each spacecraft is launched with a specific mission, and each Astronaut aboard the ship has specific responsibilities which help to accomplish that mission. Duties vary greatly depending on what an Astronaut’s role on their crew is, but in general, key functions include maintaining the ship’s equipment and computer systems, operating extravehicular robotics, collecting samples and assisting in safety checks and procedures.

Our library of sample cover letters for Astronauts usually mentions the following skills and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological science, engineering, physical science or mathematics
  • At least three years of related professional experience OR at least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time on jet aircraft
  • Ability to pass a physical exam with specific requirements
  • Ability to complete at least one year of intensive training
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good leadership skills
  • Extensive knowledge of spacecraft operational systems, machinery and equipment

The cover letter below showcases similar skills and qualifications:

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Dear Mr. Sharp,

I am submitting my resume for the position of Astronaut.

Ever since I was a student in elementary school, I dreamed of one day becoming an Astronaut. With that dream in mind, I navigated my scholarly career with a specific interest in science, and earned a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Texas A&M.

After earning my degree, I spent four years working as an assistant professor of biology. To supplement that experience, I also earned my pilot’s license. Over the course of my professional career, I have dedicated myself to biology, education and the advancement of scientific research. In collaborating with students and fellow professors, I have learned to communicate effectively, work with peers toward a common goal and carry out complex experiments in unpredictable environments.

Additionally, I am in excellent physical shape and meet all of NASA’s base requirements for blood pressure, height, vision and other factors.

Here are a few highlights of my qualifications and experience:

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Texas A&M
  • Worked as an assistant professor at Texas A&M for four years
  • Earned my pilot’s license
  • Completed a total of 300 hours of pilot-in-command time
  • Conceptualized, developed and carried out several experiments for inter-university research

I hope to have the opportunity to bring my love of science and passion for research to NASA.

I sincerely appreciate your time and consideration, and I look forward to discussing this position with you further.

All the best,
Mary Walker