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Include These Astronaut Skills
- 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:
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,