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Astronaut Candidate Selection Process Timeline

December 14, 2015

Vacancy Announcement opens in USAJOBS

February 2016

Vacancy Announcement closes

February–September 2016

Qualified Applications reviewed to determine Highly Qualified applicants. Qualifications Inquiry form sent to Supervisors/References and civilian applicants contacted by mail to obtain an FAA medical exam.

October–December 2016

Highly Qualified applications reviewed to determine Interviewees

February-April 2017

Interviewees brought to JSC for initial interview, medical evaluation, and orientation. Interviewees will be selected from the Highly Qualified group and contacted on a week-by-week basis.

May 2017

Finalists determined

June 2017

Astronaut Candidate Class of 2015 announced

August 2017

Astronaut Candidate Class of 2015 reports to the Johnson Space Center

Note:Timeline may be extended or accelerated based on the number of applicants. This schedule is subject to change. Applicants are not notified of their status during the process. All applicants will receive a letter after selections are announced.