Cover letter for NASA (5 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for NASA.”

How to write a NASA cover letter

When applying for a position at NASA, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the NASA resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for NASA”

“8561 Erick Rest

North Efrenview, NV 35803

Dear Ryan Pfeffer,

I am excited to be applying for the position of NASA. Please accept this letter and the attached resume as my interest in this position.

In my previous role, I was responsible for engineering discipline expertise to assigned missions including (1) Definition and management of requirements; (2) Hardware/Engineering support at meetings; (3) Console support for assigned projects/missions as required.

I reviewed the requirements of the job opening and I believe my candidacy is an excellent fit for this position. Some of the key requirements that I have extensive experience with include:

  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of IPC and/or NASA standards
  • IPC-A-610 Certified Trainer
  • J-STD-001 Certified Trainer
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620 Certified Trainer
  • NASA 8739 Level B Trainer (8739.1, 8739.2, 8739.3, 8739.4)
  • Prepares reports, research, and other contract deliverables
  • Participate/lead events/meetings involving staff/Government customers/visitors/VIPs
  • Works under some supervision

Thank you for considering me to become a member of your team.


Briar Upton”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for NASA”

“Dear Ms. Bobbi Hair,

I am sending in my resume and all pertinent information that is relevant to apply for an Astronaut position with QinetiQ North America.

Every since I was a small child I always wanted to be an Astronaut and I started preparing for it when I was very young by taking an interest in science. In college, I majored in science and math and eventually acquired my master’s degree. I have learned as much about the space program as possible and everything else that I could to help prepare me for the opportunity to become an Astronaut.

I have the type of personality that can get along with anyone and I enjoy working as a team. I believe you can accomplish more when you can consult with team members. However, I am fully capable of working on my own when needed.

I am in excellent health and ready for the vigorous training involved if selected for this position. I am also aware of the commitment I will be making to NASA if chosen and that it entails a lot of long hours and hard work.

I speak three languages fluently and currently work as a computer technician. My resume contains the names of references who will attest to my credibility and character. I am sure I have what it takes to be an Astronaut and I hope to have the chance to prove my abilities by being accepted for the training program.

I look forward to meeting with you in the near future and you can reach me by calling (555)-555-5555.


Your Signature

Betty Oliver”

Sample 3: “Cover letter for NASA”

“6065 Cinderella Mountains

Lake Nestorbury, VA 25443-2153

Dear Tyler Kshlerin,

I submit this application to express my sincere interest in the NASA position.

In my previous role, I was responsible for engineering and technical support, including extensive research, to safety and reliability assessments for NASA Programs/Project including the International Space Station, Gateway, Commercial Crew, and/or Orion.

My experience is an excellent fit for the list of requirements in this job:

  • Use/customize open source interactive development environments
  • Perform functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, and requirements allocation and interface definition studies to evaluate compliance of software specifications with customer requirements
  • Develop independent test plans, cases, procedures, and scripts and performs independent testing of safety-critical and mission-critical software systems
  • May occasionally be assigned IV&V tasks outside of the GN&C domain in accordance with capabilities and program needs
  • Be able to successfully pass a NASA Background Investigation for access to NASA and IV&V program data
  • Be a highly organized individual who can operate within a highly technical and schedule-driven environment
  • Maintains excellent rapport with all internal and external customer
  • Experience synthesizing and analyzing GN&C algorithms, gains, filters

Thank you for taking the time to review my application.


Baylor Davis”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for NASA”

“361 Lang Vista

Latinabury, KY 05371

Dear River Sipes,

I submit this application to express my sincere interest in the NASA position.

In my previous role, I was responsible for expertise in the application of system safety and reliability analyses in support of NASA’s human spaceflight programs including, but not limited to, the Commercial Crew, Orion Multipurpose Crewed Vehicle, and Gateway Programs.

Please consider my experience and qualifications for this position:

  • Experience with software simulation
  • Experience developing software using C, C++, C#, or Java
  • May provide mentorship of other, more junior team members
  • Gaining an understanding of NASA requirements and the application of NASA security requirements within the current cyber landscape
  • Coordination and managing high school interns engaged in support of SSO during the summer months
  • Other Information Assurance and SSO functions as assigned
  • Currently enrolled in Cybersecurity related courses or have other experience or pursuing certifications in the Cybersecurity domain
  • Familiarity with requirements of business continuity, operations security, cryptography, forensics, regulatory compliance, internal counter-espionage (insider threat detection and mitigation), physical security analysis (including facilities analysis), and security management

Thank you for taking the time to review my application.


Tatum Champlin”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for NASA”

“NASA’s Resume Operations Center

4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50

Marshall Space Flight Center


NASA’s Resume Operations Center,

Attached is my resume for the NASA position being offered Planetary Protection Officer. I have served as an astroenvironmental activist for over 17 years as the Director of the International Committee Against Mars Sample Return (ICAMSR) an organization dedicated to raising concerns about planetary protection involving sample return missions and international space laws pertaining to forward and back contamination of celestial bodies ( I am an American citizen and astrobiologist who has spent 10 years (1999-2009) as a Research Associate for the Cardiff Centre of Astrobiology at Cardiff University in Wales in the United Kingdom. In 2010 I was made an Honorary Research Fellow for the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology also in the UK. My scientific interests include the study of the geology, geobiology and history of the Great Lakes region in the United States and Canada. My other studies include rock varnish and ichnology. I have authored two books, Mars The Living Planet (1997) and The Microbes of Mars (2011). Both of these books examine the biology data returned by the Viking 1 and 2 Landers in the search for microbial life on Mars. Dr. Gilbert V. Levin and Patricia Ann Straat two members of the NASA 1976 Viking biology team each provide interesting chapters.

In 2000 I published a comparison study of dissolution cavities found in rocks on the shores of Lake Ontario to similar looking rocks imaged at the Viking 2 landing site on Mars now thought to be the bottom of an ancient ocean basin. My published papers and magazine articles about microbial mediated manganese rock varnish coatings are well known in the astrobiology community and I was first to publish in 2001 that rock varnish coatings on Mars could hold the key to whether there is evidence of a past or present biosphere. My recent paper with co-authors David H. Krinsley, Ronald I. Dorn, Josh Razink & Robert Fisher, “Mn-Fe-enhancing budding bacteria in century-old rock varnish, Erie Barge Canal, New York”, appears in the Journal of Geology, 2017, volume 125, p. 317-336] published by The University of Chicago (DOI: 10.1086/691147). The paper makes parallels between manganese oxide rock varnish coatings found on Earth and on Mars. In 2012 I predicted before NASA’s Curiosity rover landed, that it would find manganese oxide rock coatings on Mars. A finding the rover confirmed later on:

In 2015 the UK Space Agency endorsed a proposal (attached) sent to them by myself along with co-experimenters Gilbert V. Levin. Ronald I. Dorn a Professor of Geography of Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona, Giorgio Bianciardi a Researcher and Adjunct Professor at the Dept. of Medical Biotechnologies, at Siena University, Italy, and Robert Lodder, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington Kentucky, to use the NASA Curiosity rover as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientist Program to look for evidence of photosynthetic pigments inside freshly broken rocks by the rovers wheels. The proposal sought to use the frequencies of special spectroscopic filters on the Mast Camera and abilities of the rovers MAHLI microscopic imager camera. An initial go-ahead was given by NASA by HQ to go ahead (letter attached) and submit a formal proposal.

However, after months of waiting for NASA’s final approval, our team and proposal were declined in February 2016 with NASA saying the MSL rover did not have the capability to reveal photosynthetic pigments on Mars. However, during the proposal process, our team went over numerous scientific data and information about the Curiosity rover Mastcam filters and we found it did have the ability to reveal photosynthetic pigments if they were present on Mars.


Signature of Barry DiGregorio

Barry E. DiGregorio”

Frequently Asked Questions: How to write a NASA cover letter

How do I get my NASA cover letter noticed?

Writing a NASA Cover Letter That Will Stand Out

  • Use fewer words to say more. 
  • Tailor your cover letter to a specific job. 
  • Be proud of your past accomplishments. 
  • Address the hiring manager personally. 
  • Use keywords from the job description.

What are the elements of a cover letter?

The Four Parts of a Cover Letter

  • Address the Recruiter by Name.
  • Address the Company’s Needs.
  • Tell the Recruiter Why You Want to Work Here.
  • Tell Them How to Reach You.

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