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Last Post 3/21/2013 11:13 AM by  Kris Sigsbee
being a scientist
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3/19/2013 12:55 AM
    sir i am student of class 12 living at india. I want to know how i join nasa. What i have to do. How i can join give my best to the nasa. Please help me.
    Tags: NASA jobs careers

    Christina Cohen

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    3/19/2013 7:29 AM


    There are different paths to NASA, depending on what it is you want to do (be an astronaut, be an engineer for the launch vehicles, be a scientist at a NASA center, etc). Pretty much all these jobs require an advanced degree, so your best bet is to go to college, major in some kind of science or engineering and then go to graduate school. Unfortunately, NASA cannot hire foreign nationals, so if you wanted to work directly for NASA (as opposed to being a contracted employee to NASA through another company) you'd have to get your US citizenship at some point in the process.

    Good luck!


    Claire Raftery

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    3/20/2013 3:49 PM
    Hi there. I am not an american citizen either (I grew up in Ireland). Working for NASA can mean any number of things. NASA employs a huge range of people in lots of different jobs with many different skills. In addition, to "work for NASA" doesn't always mean NASA is paying your salary. For example, I work for a NASA mission as a scientist and educator but I work at a University. In the past, I worked as a student intern at a NASA campus (Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland) but I wasn't employed by NASA then. My advice is find something you love and you are good at, and follow it. If you want to work at NASA but aren't great at science, there are a tonne of different jobs that will get you in the doors. Here is a list of some of them: Claire

    Kris Sigsbee

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    3/21/2013 11:13 AM


    You do not have to work for NASA or move to the United States to be a space scientist. There are professional astronomers and space scientists working for observatories and universities in India, like the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism. Some of these scientists even study the Sun and the Earth's magnetosphere, just like the Solar Week scientists. A few of my co-workers have attended space science conferences in India and have collaborated with Indian scientists on journal articles.

    Whether you eventually decide to pursue a scientific career in India, or come to the United States to work for NASA, you should take as many math and science courses in school as you can. You should also plan to attend college and possibly graduate school to obtain an advanced degree in a field like physics, astronomy, or mathematics. If you are not very good at math and science, there are other jobs you can do related to space exploration. Space scientists often need help from technicians who build electronics or maintain equipment, computer programmers, and even machinists.


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