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I want to be an astronaut. Because going into space is cool, etc.

Now, to become a mission specialist for NASA one needs the following:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Bachelor's degree (engineering, biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics) from an accredited college or university
  • Three years of related experience after obtaining the bachelor's degree - A master's degree equals one year of experience, and a doctorate equals three years.
  • Passing a NASA space physical examination
  • Height of 58.5 to 76 inches (148.5 cm to 193 cm)


Now, after achieving the above, it's still very tough. They recieve about 4,000 applications each year, of which only about 20 are chosen for further training. Basically, to be selected you need to not only be outstanding in your field of study, you also have to be very sociable, work well in a team etc etc.

Even if you do get picked it'll take several years of experience and practice before you're sent on an actual mission.

Things that positively impact my chances of becoming an astronaut:

  • I'm pretty smart.
  • I'd look good in a spacesuit.


Things that negatively impact my chances of becoming an astronaut:

  • While I'd get a US citizenship, I have a feeling that my foreign roots would put me at a disadvantage.
  • At the moment I'm not very physically fit. This, however, can and will change.
  • My High School grades aren't stellar (altough they're above average). However I'm confident I can score a high result on the SATs.
  • Even if I had Stephen Hawking's brain and Brad Pitt's looks it'd still be tough.


So pit, should I go for it? I leave this important life decision up to you.
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Yes. Without a doubt.


First post > Second.

Also to TS: how can you say you are pretty smart when you are just above average?
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#5
IF you really want to. sure. why not? But in my opinion being an astronaut sucks balls.
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#6
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First post > Second.

Also to TS: how can you say you are pretty smart when you are just above average?


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#7
No. You can't just "get into shape" and send an application to NASA like you would McDonald's. You need be very physically fit. Get aesthetic first, bro.
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#9
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Even if you do get picked it'll take several years of experience and practice before you're sent on an actual mission.

Plus NASA has to actually design a new vehicle

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Quote by Ahteh
I want to be an astronaut. Because going into space is cool, etc.

Now, to become a mission specialist for NASA one needs the following:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Bachelor's degree (engineering, biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics) from an accredited college or university
  • Three years of related experience after obtaining the bachelor's degree - A master's degree equals one year of experience, and a doctorate equals three years.
  • Passing a NASA space physical examination
  • Height of 58.5 to 76 inches (148.5 cm to 193 cm)


Now, after achieving the above, it's still very tough. They recieve about 4,000 applications each year, of which only about 20 are chosen for further training. Basically, to be selected you need to not only be outstanding in your field of study, you also have to be very sociable, work well in a team etc etc.

Even if you do get picked it'll take several years of experience and practice before you're sent on an actual mission.

Things that positively impact my chances of becoming an astronaut:

  • I'm pretty smart.
  • I'd look good in a spacesuit.


Things that negatively impact my chances of becoming an astronaut:

  • While I'd get a US citizenship, I have a feeling that my foreign roots would put me at a disadvantage.
  • At the moment I'm not very physically fit. This, however, can and will change.
  • My High School grades aren't stellar (altough they're above average). However I'm confident I can score a high result on the SATs.
  • Even if I had Stephen Hawking's brain and Brad Pitt's looks it'd still be tough.


So pit, should I go for it? I leave this important life decision up to you.



Does. Not. Compute.

EDIT: Also, aren't NASA pretty.. emm 'action-less' since they got their funding cut?
Last edited by Shinami at Aug 30, 2011,
#11
Quote by Neo Evil11
First post > Second.

Also to TS: how can you say you are pretty smart when you are just above average?


My grades are really good, but not perfect. That wasn't the point however, the lower grades I received in my last years were mostly due to not caring (for reasons I won't go into here), rather than actually not being capable. Yes, that sounds like a silly excuse, but for the purpose of this discussion assume I'm indeed pretty smart.


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No. You can't just "get into shape" and send an application to NASA like you would McDonald's. You need be very physically fit. Get aesthetic first, bro.


I'm 18, I have close to 10 years of education and work to go through before I'd send an application. Don't worry.

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Plus NASA has to actually design a new vehicle


Yeah I'm aware of this. Let's ignore the NASA part, I'll hit up the ESA or something. Plus the private space industry is about to bloom, I bet they'll need people.
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#12
Just working for NASA would be an unrealistic target, not to say you shouldn't try.
#13
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If it was ten years ago, I'd say go for it. Now though, NASA's budget has been cut horribly and I'm not sure they're going to be sending anyone into space for quite a while.

This. NASA can't afford to send humans into space now.
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Does. Not. Compute.



I'm not actually leaving it up to you guys, I promise. I was just thinking about this last night and I figured it'd be fun to hear random people's thoughts about it.
#16
No, just no. Not a chance broski.
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#17
Ignore these people, shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.


And probably die alone in space.
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Quote by Ahteh
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Bachelor's degree (engineering, biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics) from an accredited college or university
  • Three years of related experience after obtaining the bachelor's degree - A master's degree equals one year of experience, and a doctorate equals three years.
  • Passing a NASA space physical examination
  • Height of 58.5 to 76 inches (148.5 cm to 193 cm)

I got 2 of those already, and I'm sure I could pass their stupid physical examination so that's three. I'm getting a bachelor's next year (although not in any of those fields) but I'm still going to count it as four. For passing the fifth point I'll wedgy the nerds until they make me an astronaut.

I got myself a new career goal.
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#19
Quote by lushacrous
Ignore these people, shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.


And probably die alone in space.


This (the first part) actually has some relevance. Consider that even if everything goes according to plan until my application gets declined, I'd still have an education in engineering from a prominent college. And I'd be a hunk from all the needless exercise.

Quote by Kensai
I got 2 of those already, and I'm sure I could pass their stupid physical examination so that's three. I'm getting a bachelor's next year (although not in any of those fields) but I'm still going to count it as four. For passing the fifth point I'll wedgy the nerds until they make me an astronaut.

I got myself a new career goal.


Make sure to put in a good word for me when you're in.

Regarding the fifth point I'm actuall 1,93 myself. Within the limits, but barely.
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#20
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This. NASA can't afford to send humans into space now.


This is incorrect. NASA will still SPONSOR astronauts to go to space, they will however, NOT provide transportation. Instead, NASA will pay another company to take the astronaut to space, most likely aboard Russian rockets.

NASA is currently focused on traveling to Mars and a nerby asteroid.
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Quote by Ahteh
This (the first part) actually has some relevance. Consider that even if everything goes according to plan until my application gets declined, I'd still have an education in engineering from a prominent college. And I'd be a hunk from all the needless exercise.

>aim to be an astronaut
>miss, work at JPL

Nope, not bad at all Oh and btw, people, NASA are still sending people into space, they're just going up with the Russians.

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#22
Quote by Kensai
I got 2 of those already, and I'm sure I could pass their stupid physical examination so that's three. I'm getting a bachelor's next year (although not in any of those fields) but I'm still going to count it as four. For passing the fifth point I'll wedgy the nerds until they make me an astronaut.

I got myself a new career goal.


I think you'll need a bachelor's degree (probably more) in a more relevant subject.
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Quote by Ahteh

Make sure to put in a good word for me when you're in.

Regarding the fifth point I'm actuall 1,93 myself. Within the limits, but barely.

I'll wet willy in a good word for you.

Quote by Neo Evil11
I think you'd need a bachelor's degree (probably more) in a more relevant subject.


"My fists" is a pretty good subject
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#24
Probably not.
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#25
Opportunity of a lifetime. Don't miss it, just trying brings you closer than most people.
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#26
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I'll wet willy in a good word for you.

"My fists" is a pretty good subject


No it's not.
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#27
I personally would love to become an astronaut. (never will though )

I see no reason why you shouldn't try... even if you fail you will have a damn good Degree(s)
#28
Quote by Neo Evil11
No it's not.

If you want we can have a disputation. In the death cage.
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#30
Quote by Kensai
If you want we can have a disputation. In the death cage.


Sure. Will there be greek wrestling in the death cage?
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#31
Quote by Kensai
If you want we can have a disputation. In the death cage.


The fists of a swede?

#33
I always thought you had to have had worked with / for the Air Force in some capacity to be an astronaut?

Because I was always told I couldn't be one due to eye surgery (x2) and ear surgery (x2) (same eye and ear both times...)

All my senses are fine now, btw, 20/20 vision and good hearing, but I always thought that because I had previous issues, I couldn't do it...

Now I'm confused / pissed. I'd love to be astronaut, and I have the grades to do it.

WTH NASA?
#34
^Indeed. I thought you had to have a pilot license. Read that somewhere.
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#35
If you want something you have to go for it. Never mind what any of these disrespectful people have said. This is your life. It's up to you to decide what you make of it. I offer 2 pieces of advice.

First, find out as much as you can. Get specific about what requirements are needed. Read about other astronauts and their experiences, pieces of advice, etc. It sounds like you've already started this but the more information the better.

Second, once you understand what you need to do, set specific goals for yourself. For example, a poor goal is "I want to get in good shape." A goal goal is "I want to do 15 pullups." Specificity is the key to success.

It's going to be very difficult. But the rewards will far outweigh the pain of getting there. Good luck.
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#37
if you want it the most of all things you can do for a career, you should definitely go space trucking dude. or at least try to get into nasa
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#38
Quote by Neo Evil11
^Indeed. I thought you had to have a pilot license. Read that somewhere.


You do if you want to pilot spacecrafts. You don't, however, if you just want to be a mission specialist (the guys who do spacewalks etc).
#39
Move to Russia. They're the leaders in space now. NASA gave up, they have to politely ask Russia to let their astronauts go to space.

What happened NASA, you used to be cool
#40
Quote by Lost Dog
Move to Russia. They're the leaders in space now. NASA gave up, they have to politely ask Russia to let their astronauts go to space.

What happened NASA, you used to be cool


I don't know russian though. And I don't like the food.

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