WASHINGTON - Looking for a job? NASA is hiring astronauts. You can even apply online at a giant government jobs website ().
There's only one hitch: NASA doesn't have its own spaceship anymore and is sending fewer fliers into orbit right now. "The experience is well worth the wait," promised Janet Kavandi, NASA flight crew operations director, as the agency started a public search Tuesday for new astronauts.
There will be flights, but not many, with the shuttle fleet retired. A handful of astronauts each year are launching on Russian Soyuz spaceships to the International Space Station for six-month stays.