SpaceX is about to launch its first human passengers and help NASA resurrect American crewed spaceflight.
The test flight, called Demo-2, will fly NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on a space mission that may last up to 110 days.
Astronauts’ annual salaries are determined using a government pay scale, and starting out, typically fall under two grades: GS-12 and GS-13.
According the US government’s 2020 pay scales and a NASA job listing, an astronaut in 2020 earns between $66,167 and $161,141 per year.
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The moment that SpaceX founder Elon Musk has dreamed about since 2002 (and possibly long before then) is almost here: the rocket company’s first-ever launch of people into space.
The commercial mission, called Demo-2, is designed to show NASA that SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon spaceship is safe to fly passengers. NASA lost its ability to launch astronauts when it ended the space shuttle program in July 2011. Since then, the agency has relied on Russia for trips to and from the International Space Station, into which the US has invested about $100 billion.
Veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will pilot SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission, which is currently …read more
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