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NASA Career possibilities

  1. Mar 22, 2010 #1
    Hi Everyone,

    I'm about to graduate from college with a BA in physics (basically BS but missing a couple of classes) and as I am waiting to hear back from physics grad schools (MS) I wanted to see if I could get some input about what kinds of work one can do with NASA. I've done the whole pre-med thing and I'm considering applying for an MD/PhD after the MS, so the NASA career may be a while down the road, but the thing that would interest me the most would be working on a deep space mission such as a mission to Mars.

    Depending on how the MS goes I may go ahead and go for the PhD instead of the MD/PhD.

    I just wanted to see if anyone maybe works for NASA and has some ideas about what an MD/PhD could do, and in general how one can get involved with this field of space exploration (maybe not even NASA if there are other ways). Basically anything in the field of traveling to other planets where I could eventually be directly involved in effort would be amazing.

    Also if anyone knows about summer experiences or temporary jobs where I could get an idea of what it's like, that would be great.

    Thanks guys, sorry that the question is not very specific
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  3. Mar 22, 2010 #2


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    NASA is currently facing budget constraints due to the faltering US economy.

    However, if one is interested in a career at NASA, then a PhD/MD is the way to go. There is also the prospect of becoming a flight doctor/surgeon.

    http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stseducation/stories/Powers_Roden_Profile.html [Broken]



    Go for it! If you don't, someone else surely will!
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