Last year the Dragon spacecraft made news when it docked with the International Space Station. SpaceX—the company behind the Dragon—thus became the first private company to send cargo there.

Today, top engineers covet the chance to join SpaceX, the brainchild of PayPal and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk. Working at SpaceX doesn’t just mean being a rocket scientist. It also means signing on to work towards Musk’s ambitious goals. One of those goals is to put people on Mars within 10 to 20 years.

SpaceX MIssion Control
A LabVIEW screen is seen here, projected large, in the SpaceX Mission Control room. LabVIEW turns real-time data into a graphical view that's easy to understand and manage.

In a recent Reddit post SpaceXers shared more on what it takes to get a job there. As discussed in this Business Insider story, LabVIEW proficiency is one of the main skills needed to make this private space program run. For example, the main screen in the SpaceX Mission Control room is a LabVIEW front panel showing real-time mission status. You can start using LabVIEW in your classroom now to introduce students to the popular programming environment. Doing so could help kids looking for a career in space actually get there one day.

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