The job market is fiercely competitive. Even to land a minimum-wage gig at Walmart, you can face odds that are as steep as getting into an Ivy League college. Still, you might be surprised by what was required to get hired as an astronaut in the NASA's Class of 2013.
The four men and four women hired by NASA as astronaut candidates not only had "exhaustive" medical and fitness tests and a deep analysis of their science, engineering and flight experiences, notes Space.com. They also had to do "a massive amount of writing" on their application and were asked to compose "compose a tweet, a limerick or a haiku," Lt. Commander Victor Glover, one of the eight new hires, said at a press conference.
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