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How To Become An Astronaut!

Updated on August 2, 2011

Good Luck!

Not only do you need the balls the size of hypergiant twin binary-stars. You will need a baggage of academic and practical excellence.

Your first step on the way to space is to consider what kind of astronaut you're going to be. And no, you will not eligible for inclusion as a mascot. Still want to go?

Yes! But What Kind?

Becoming an astronaut involves some thought. Each member of a flight crew is highly specialized.

  • The Pilot

The pilot is the oft romanticized astronaut role. The Pilot serves both as a pilot and "ship's commander". He/She is responsible for the crew, the integrity of the ship and the mission.

Do you feel you have what it takes? Well, that's the easy part. Let's get a feel for the prerequisites.

  • One of the following.
  1. Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (minimum)
  2. Bachelor's Degree in Biological Science
  3. Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics
  4. Bachelor's Degree in Physical Science
  • The applicant must have had at least l,000 hours flying time in jet aircraft
  • Experience as a test pilot is desirable
  • Must be citizens of the United States

If you didn't make it. I wouldn't worry, there are far more positions to choose from. Hang in there.

  • Mission Specialist

Mission specialists are responsible for monitoring and updating the crew on the Ship's "vitals". Food, water, fuel. They also execute experiments with payload activities. They require detailed knowledge of the space-shuttle's:

"operational characteristics, mission requirements and objectives and supporting systems for each of the experiments to be conducted on the assigned missions."

There is an upside to all this mumbo-jumbo however. You'd get to perform EVAs or Extra-Vehicular-Activities, or simple, space-walks! You also get to fidget with the shuttle's RMS of arm.

The requirements are:

  • One of the following.
  1. Bachelor's Degree in Engineering
  2. Bachelor's Degree in Biological Science
  3. Bachelor's Degree in Physical Science
  4. Bachelor's Degree in Maths
  • 3 years of related and progressively responsible professional experience (I'm sure you could squirm through that one!)

Reading

Astronaut Handbook
Astronaut Handbook

DO YOU HAVE what it takes to be an astronaut?

 
  • Payload Specialists

The payload specialist is responsible for the equipment on the Space-shuttle. This is the newest addition to the crew. These crew-members are picked by an "investigator" from a sponsoring organization and subsequently approved by NASA.

Due to the fact that despite his status as a non-pilot, the payload specialist must take an intensive training course that prepares him for any eventuality (at least the basics...)This training is conducted at JSC and other locations, as required. Payload specialist training may begin as much as 2 years before a flight.

Requirements:

  • Suck up to your host organization and hope for the best (easy)

The Fun Stuff - Training

Basic Training

The training of Astronauts is quite a momentous team effort. It requires that collaboration of thousands of people and a plethora of expensive looking equipment.

The downside is that despite being an astronaut, you might feel like you're back in school. You will understake lessons in Biology, flight-school, Phsyics, Maths and a wide-range of technical courses.

The upside is that your new Physical Education classes blow running in cicles through the mud away completely. Furthermore not all your subjects are face-palm worthy.

Earth resources, meteorology, guidance and navigation, astronomy, physics and computer sciences don't sound half bad do they?

Now, after you've made a show at doing your homework. You can begin by relaxing in your Aircraft weightless training lessons. Nasa explains the experience as

"Flying a parabolic course, the aircraft is able to create up to 30 seconds of weightlessness when flying a parabolic maneuver. During this rather brief period of time, astronauts can practice eating and drinking as well as use various kinds of Shuttle-type equipment. Training sessions in the KC-135 normally last from 1 to 2 hours, providing an exciting prelude to the sustained weightless experience of space flight."

You can read the "weeeeeee" philosophy through the lines on that.

Forget Microsoft Flight Simulator

You're going to be on NASA's very own Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) (which have come a long way since the film Apollo 13).

You'll also be using the aforementioned K-135 planes to test landing a heavy plane. Yes, in real life!

If you didn't make the qualifiers, you can always drive out to the Ames-Dryden Flight Research Facility and beg.

Advanced Training

Yes, that was all basic apparently. The advanced training focuses on becoming a team. You will learn to deal with malfunctions in simulated flights, or flight-specific integrated simulations. You will be given trouble-shooting scenario's both planned and unknown.

In short you will become less of a pool of talented individuals, and more of a single, functioning arm of the space-agency.

You will be using the The Shuttle Mission Simulator (SMS) extensively to this aim (which sounds like a blast, its simply a $100 million dollar Miscrosoft Flight sim).

Well done, you're an astronaut.

You did better than I. I think I failed to meet the requirements, oh, somewhere before even starting. If you go to the moon, remember to drop a referral up there somewhere, if not, feel free to indulge in a melancholic trek through space in your mind.

Hope you enjoyed the Hub.

Thoog.

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

      Well, what can I say!? Great hub, I just have a question for you: How much can they earn, the astronauts I mean? :-0 lol

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      James D. Preston 9 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you funride, quoted from NASA:

      "Salaries for civilian Astronaut Candidates are based on the Federal Government's General Schedule pay scale for grades GS-12 through GS-13. Each person's grade is determined according to his/her academic achievements and experience. Currently, a GS-12 starts at $65,140 per year and a GS-13 can earn up to $100,701 per year."

      Hehe

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      Coeus 9 years ago from All over the world and then some.

      Well, the pay's not great, but being in space has got to be! Two thumbs up for this one.

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      James D. Preston 9 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I'll take your cat with me Coeus, next time I apply!

      Thanks for the comment.

      Thoog.

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      poseidon 9 years ago

      When i was a child i was always dreaming about being a SPACE HUNTER ! I really appreciate your HUB ! Have a great week,DrPc-Global http://symphonyx.fw.hu

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      James D. Preston 9 years ago from Rome, Italy

      thank you very much Poseidon

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      compu-smart 9 years ago from London UK

      I always wanted to be an astronaut when i was a kid and this information which will help those who still do wish to become one...

      Great Hub..

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      James D. Preston 9 years ago from Rome, Italy

      It's not too late for you compu! Don't give up!

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      compu-smart 9 years ago from London UK

      lol Thanks for your encouragement ;P

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Sigh. I can't be one, but I can dream, can't I? Your hub helped me be an aspiring astronaut for some time. For that, many thanks!

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      nairmala bankay 9 years ago

      I am only 10 years old. when I grow up I would like to become an astronaut. I want to go out in space and explore see what it is like to be in space.

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      James D. Preston 9 years ago from Rome, Italy

      A worthy ambition! I've heard its pretty cool out there!

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      Grishma 9 years ago

      Hey,

      I am Grishma. I am 12 turning 13. And I really want to become an astronaut in future. the main thing I want to do is travel in space and enter the moon or the black hole if possible?

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      Grishma 9 years ago

      I am back again! I ave a question; Since what age are you allowed to work in N.A.S.A? My dad said if I do well in my university i might be able to live in Americe and apply for the job. So I just wanted to make sure from what age would you acept me?

      thanks

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      Sophie 9 years ago

      Hello,

      How long do you take to answer one question?

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      wonder??? 8 years ago

      um i was wondering... i heard if u get a referal u can not be an astranot is that true???????(referal:u get it when u done something bad in school)

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      wonder??? 8 years ago

      and hay if u think 65,140$ to 100,701$ is not good pay... what do u think is good pay????????????????????

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      manvi mahajan 8 years ago

      i am a 13year old girl from india.My biggest desire is to become an astronaut like sunita williams and kalpana chawla.is it necessary to be an axtraordinary in your academics.........?????

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      Ankita 8 years ago

      Hiiiiiiii

      Even I am from India and I aspire to become an astronaut and make my country proud too!I have one question thogh :I have heard NASA selact 20 people from 4135 application per year.Is that true? If yes then can a only a Bacholer's degree and 3 years of experience help me become one of the 20?

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      sitara verma 8 years ago

      HEY,

      I AM SITARA. I AM IN 11TH, FROM INDIA. AND I REALLY WANT TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT IN FUTURE AS IT IS MY DREAM OF GOING INTO THE SPACE AND IN MOON. I HAVE A QUESTION THAT AT WHAT AGE I CAN ENTER THE NASA. AND HOW MUCH TIME IT WILL TAKE FOR TRAINING , AS I AM SO EXITED TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT. OH...PLEASE HELP ME........................

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      kate 8 years ago

      i dreamt of becoming one but i'm from the philippines.

      will i become an austronaut?

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      Dur-e-ajam Taj 8 years ago

      Hi my name is Dur-e-ajam Taj I am 12 years old I live in Calgary Alberta Canada and I really really want to become an astronaut and be the first Ahmadii Muslim girl on the moon and I want to make my family and my ahmadiiya community proud of who i am and what i can achive in life. I also want to become like doctor Abdul salam.

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      Dur-eajam Taj 8 years ago

      hello again i have so many questons how many years is a bachelors degree. My dad said he will send me to ozford to become an astronaut i have a queston what do your mark have to be in order to get in. I cant wait tell im in oxford and become and astronaut because my dad is going to buy me a house a car and give me 1 million dollars, but i'm not doing it for the money and everything im doing for my future and because i belive that if you really follow your dreams and work hard to make them true they'll really come true.

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      Dur-e-ajam Taj 8 years ago

      This is my favorite web site it has so much information!!!

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      Dur-e-ajam 8 years ago

      oh GOD PLEASE HELP ME THE ONLY THING I WANT TO DO IS BECOME AN ASTRONAUT BUT THE HARDEST THING IN THE WORLD IS SCIENCE WHAT WILL I DO I REALLY NEED HELP OR MY DREAMS WILL SINK.

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      monkeysuperstar98 8 years ago

      Hi guys im evangeline and i live in england but i am origanly from India i too want to become an astronaut and my parnets are doing anything they can to help , but i need to study well , and im just 12 years old , but what can do to help myself in the future?I am planning to become the pilot of the crew and i am studing in a very good science school but i still not clear how you to do it ? how do you to it ?

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      monkeysuperstar98 8 years ago

      hey its me again i was just wondering how you (thooghun) konows this much information

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      shriya 8 years ago

      pls help me

      i want some more information on coarses regarding mission specialist and payload specialist

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      Zach 8 years ago

      Hi, I am 14 years old, In year 9 and live in Britain. Firstly I would like to say how fascinating and beneficial the Hub was. I have great ambitions to become an Astronaut and prepared to do everything in my will to achieve my goal. I was just wondering, If I was to apply when I'm older what would do you think would make me or a certain person that little bit better than the others.

      Thanks,

      Once again Great Hub

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      hemali  7 years ago

      hey,

      im 13 years old and i live in london will i be able to become an astronaut if i only get a bachelor degree in maths but your information u gave was reely helpful thanks

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      Ajam 7 years ago

      my name is ajam and i am 13 years old. i live in clgary alberta canada and i really want to become an astronaut can someone please tell me what i need to to to become an astronaut

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      Ajam 7 years ago

      my name is ajam and i am 13 years old. i live in clgary alberta canada and i really want to become an astronaut can someone please tell me what i need to to to become an astronaut

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      sheeba 7 years ago

      i sheeba want to become someone famous in our country.And thaswhy i have to work hard.

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      sheeba 7 years ago

      i sheeba want to become someone famous in our country.And thaswhy i have to work hard.

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      serious12 7 years ago

      I'm 13 and i'm from america I a m really serious about being an astronaut, but how old do u have to be

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      space_cat 7 years ago

      Ajam i am really impressed by you dedication and your dream to become an astronaut. To become an astronaut you don’t have to go to Oxford only. You have to get good grades, be active in sports, mentally strong, aware of what’s happening in the world, team player, and accept challenges thrown at you. You seem like a very strong girl. but remember becoming an astronaut shouldn’t be a dream make it your passion. It can be lengthy process so don’t lose your interest or heart. People might try to change your mind but be very strong. Only very intelligent and lucky people like you become astronauts. Do it for your father looks like he really loves you and wants you to fulfill your dream. I wish ur that your foot print will remain on moon forever like Neil Armstrong….. and you become famous like Dr. Adbul Salam.

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      Ajam Taj 7 years ago

      Thank you so much

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      James D. Preston 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thank you gentlemen and ladies! I've missed my chance to get back to you. In fact, I've been away so long you're probably all astronauts by now!

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      AADHYA 7 years ago

      I AM AADHYA, I AM 7 YRS OLD. MY DREAM IS THAT I WANT TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT. FIRST I WANT TO GO TO THE MOON .I WANT TO BRING SOME THING DIFFERENT FROM MOON TO EARTH ,WHICH NO OTHER ASTRONAUT HAS BROUGHT.

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      Lily 7 years ago

      Hi. My name is lily I'm 18 years old. I live in Houston I will like to become and astronaut

      but, how can I star to become one??? I'm staring to love evrything that has to be with asrtonaut.

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      James D. Preston 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Aadhya: I encourage your spirit of adventure! Bring me back something if you go!

      Lily: You will probably need to be enlisted in the air force or navy in order to qualify. (not that I'm urging you to join the armed forces, but if its your thing, go for it)

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      Micheal 7 years ago

      im 12 yrs old and in 7th grade i always wanted to become an astronaut but i need to do some math and reading to finish college. i have some questions before i become one.

      1. is it dangerous that when you launch your rocketship? for some reason people always say its dangerous but i don't know what's dangerous?.

      2. how long will it take beginners to reach the moon and what will be the pay?

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      mamathi chandrasekar 7 years ago

      I am c.mamathi from TAMILNADU,INDIA my ambition to become an astronaut 'mission specialist' and to bring something special like stones from other planets god help me to suceed.

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      Avi 7 years ago

      I want to become astronaut

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      shweta 7 years ago

      hey, i m 16 and i want to become an astronaut.i just got a question what kind of Engineering do we have to do? does it really matter ????? and after we finish our high school and get in college how many years approximately it will take to become a astronaut.....

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      DasTo 7 years ago

      Shweta, its possible that you'll have to study over 10 years. Not neceseraly all in college, other types of training require years as well.

      I recommend to all to who are interested to simply visit Nasa's website, and even e-mail if you'd like. Here's the website: http://www.nasa.gov/

      I too wish to become an astronaut,a pilot, but simply the extensive training and all the money needed to continue the studies to become an astronaut can be a rough thought. Anyhow, I wish you all good luck!!!!

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      SRIVIDYA 7 years ago

      hi everone......everyone should have faith in themselves.

      i am a girl from INDIA and i m 14 years old.I AM GOING TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT.becoming an astronaut is my biggest wish in this world,and i think i will become one if i believe i ca do it.the information was very helpful.

      everybody who is visiting this website,please remember my name because in the next 15 years or so i will become an astronaut.

      don't think i m boaSTING or anything,i am just trying to be confident and everyone else should also be confident and believe in yourself.eventhough i have to become an american citizen being an INDIAN ,i don't care because all i wanna do is become an astronaut and experience SPACE.but i will be representing INDIA ,MY HOMELAND.....

      I ADMIRE KALPANA CHAWLA!!!

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      srividya 7 years ago

      hi everyone......its me again

      i really want to become an astronaut.its my dream.i have dreamt about it since i was a kid.the reason i want to stay strong is because of my dad.he always encourages me and always wants me to belive that "u can become anything u want in this worls,but all u need to do is hardwork and should believe in yourself".he tells me never to give up my dream.he works very hard for me...i want to make him proud.so i want to stay strong until the end and never giveup.

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      Rohan Kumar 7 years ago

      HI my name is Rohan I am 13 years old and i want to become an astronaut. The only reason i want to be an astronaust is because i only i want to do 2 thing in my life look at outer space and fly. I can acomplish that but being an astronaut. What kind of test is it by NASA for bieng an astroaut. By the way I am an INDIAN I am pround to be one.

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      utsav pandya 7 years ago

      hi i m utsav

      and i m 15 yr old

      i have always deamed to be an astronaut asi had

      always wished to see the outer space once and see the that "universe"in which our earth and the whole of our solar system and galaxy lies

      i would work hard as per course and in future would be a part of nasa

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      RUBY 7 years ago

      I am a girl.My ambition is to become a GREAT astronaut.I am very much interested in aeronautics.

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      Ashleigh'ox 7 years ago

      how much does it cost to traain theenn ?

      x

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      James D. Preston 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Hey everyone it's hard to keep up with all the comments, but I read them all. Asheigh, the training itself, which is NOT all paid by you can cost almost 1 million dollars! The majority of this burden is carried by the institutions that train you. I wouldn't worry about cost, you will likely only have to pay for your degree and or post-graduate degrees.

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      prince 7 years ago

      I want 2 become an astronaut... bt wat i want 2 know is which degree i hv 2 tak in my B.Tech to become space explorer..

      yet i'm 17 plzzz e-mail me at r081599@rgukt.in

      a future astronaut

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      dipu 7 years ago

      awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      James D. Preston 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      That it is, Dipu, that it is.

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      andrea 7 years ago

      thanks for ur info this has motivated me to be an astranaut

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      James D. Preston 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thats the spirit Andrea, I wish you the best of luck.

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      Omar Khan 7 years ago

      im in gr 11... currently in Canada... I really want to pursue in my dream of becoming an astronaut. it is not only a dream, it is what i love to study. I love physics, chemistry, earth and space science along with math

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      alondra 7 years ago

      hi my name is alondra iam 14 years and i have a dream my dream is to become the best astronaut in wrold my mom says if that's what i whant to to try hard that's what iam doing but i need help how become a astronaut what classes do i have to take? I will NEVER GIVE UP I WILL TRY HARD!!!!!=D

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      USA 7 years ago

      Would having a degree in Aerospace engeneering be sufficient to becoming a missions specialist? Also, if I go to AFU can I get an aerospace degree while working towards becoming a pilot? Oh and lastly, do you think becoming a cadet in the civil air patrol will help in the goal of becoming an astronaut? Good article, one of the better ones

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      7 years ago

      do you think being in the army reserves will help to become a mission specialist?

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      alex 7 years ago

      good article. i just want to know if being a private pilot will help to become a mission specialist. Also, will miltary reserve experience be beneficial?

      thanks

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      Nivethitha 7 years ago

      my name is nivethitha. i am 10 years old.my aim is to become an astronaut in my own mother land india

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      joga limmayya 7 years ago

      Is the man needed to be a citizen of united states.

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      James D. Preston 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      @Joga: Not necessarily.

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      hemali tank 6 years ago

      hi friends, I am hemali studing in STD 10th my is still not decided but i am interested in becoming an astronaut. why is io t difficult to become an astronaut. so many degrees and so much we have do why so ? but still i will try

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      aman  6 years ago

      hello I am aman. I am 11 years old. from the age of 7 I wanted to become an astronaut. my thinking is higher than others. I want to move forward from the thinking of the present. my dream is to send a satellite to neighbour glaxies and know about life there. I want to be the first person to go to other galaxies

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      Sam 6 years ago

      Hi everyone. This was a great Hub posted some time ago but nonetheless very informative. A little out of date on some of the technical aspects and training process. It has been modified and updated since this posting. I can't reveal exact details but I am one of the NASA crew who help train the lucky men and women who travel into space. All I want to say is keep shooting for the stars and if your dream is to travel into space, you can all do it if you try hard enough. And i'll meet you along the way...Good Luck!

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      MAYURI PATANKAR 6 years ago

      HI friends,I am from India,21 yr old girl..done my engineering in Computer Science.I still dream to become an astronaut..Stars shining above the sky always fascinated me..Can i still become as Astronaut.Plz tell me the further education that can help me to reach my goal.What other things can help me to be an Astronaut...

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      gaurav tanwar 6 years ago

      heyyy i am doing b.pham

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      sandy 6 years ago

      hi friends,cool day! i am from sri lanka. i would like to be an astranaut. i don t know i am lucky for that. i love it a lot.

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      justin 6 years ago

      i really want to be an astronaut.my id justinmathew96@hotmail.com

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      Dhanashri Khairnar 6 years ago

      Hi I'am dhanashri I'am 13 years old.When I had read the stories of Kalpana chawla, Sunita willams,Rakesh Sharma I'am toooooooo exciting about astronaut I want to become a astronaut and I'll try hard for it. I'll try to achive it.

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      Axe 6 years ago

      Every comment here shows that they all would love to go to space one day. I wish you all luck. I am 17 years old and about to finish high school, then i will be going to university for my bachelor in Physics/Mathematics. Then hopefully i can get lucky and get chosen to become an Astronaut.

      Thank You.

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      add 6 years ago

      Hi!I am Advaita.I am 14 years old.My ambition is 2 become an astronaut.I wanna know what kind of engineering should be done 2 become an astronaut?Please answer me at pomeloadd123@gmail.com

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      Egbeola Paul 6 years ago

      Hi,I am 15 years old. My ambition is 2 become an astronaut.I want 2 move forward to explore and find more things about space.I don't know what kind of engineering 2 be done.

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      Rajasekar 6 years ago

      My aim is to become an astronaut

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      Andrew Froehlich 6 years ago

      I think it was very helpful and it "astronaut" is something that is only desired.

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      sujith Athelli 6 years ago

      MY BEST WISHES TO MY SISTER AADHYA CHANDA !

      WHO IS DREAMING OF BECOMING AN ASTRONAUT AND TRYING TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ASTRONAUTS !

      I HOPE TO SEE MY SISTER AS AN " ASTRONAUT "!

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      Natasha Moleele 6 years ago

      hello everyone!!!!!next year i am going to be doing my A LEVELS and i really wana b an astraunat but my country dsnt offer any sponserships/scholarships for this course.im going to take Applied information and technology,physics,chemistry and maths.isn't thr any alternative for me to bcome an astraunat cz Botswana (in africa)does not offer this course at all and to make thngz more complicated i am not a US citizen :-( please answer me at natashamoleele@yahoo.com thank u!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      mansi 6 years ago

      hiii i'm mansi from india and have a strong desire to become an astronaut iam 15 yrs. old and from now only want to prepare for it .how can i pleaseeeeee help me!!!

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      VIRENDER RATHORE 6 years ago

      i am in class11 in INDIA i want to become an astronaunt can a student also become an astronaunt.want qualification i have to do.it is necessary to be the citizen of USA.

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      D.venkateswarlu 6 years ago

      education qualifications for astronuts

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      D.venkateswarlu 6 years ago

      education qualifications for astronuts

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      D? 6 years ago

      im still a 13 year old girl and my entire life i've wanted an adventure.Now i realized that earth ran out of adventures,and there's no point inrepeating some one elses adevnture.Hopefully i'll make it,but my chanses seem slim.

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      D? 6 years ago

      um,i forgot to ask...is the process in becoming an astronaut expensive?

      I don't usually wory about money but i recently found out that my dad is bad at math and for 20 years in his buisness he was suppose to get about 200 times more money than he got from his buisness!So ihave have to save my own money.

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      Abeera Bukhari 6 years ago

      Hey!! I'm a 14 year old girl from PAKISTAN....and I'm keen interested in becoming an astronaut...can anyone of you help in telling me the ways to become an astronaut??

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      Natasha Moleele 6 years ago

      ay i can feel it God has everything planned out for me!!!I AM AN ASTRONAUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i still have faith...NASA here i come :-)

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      Corey 6 years ago

      Hello THOOGHUN, I'm fifteen and I'm a canadian in my second year of highschool (grade 10) and I'm hoping to take a few space courses and many other science courses next year. I'm reeeally interested in all this space stuff, and my grades are above incredible so I'm told. I want to take a university course and get a PhD hopefully in this area. Being an astronaut is the highest dream I can have in this area, but I'm wondering if there are any other jobs I can get after finishing university. Also, being canadian, am I still eligible to join something like NASA? I know it's an american foundation, but being part of NASA would be so amazing! I hope you can get back to me I'd love to talk about this with you, thanks! :)

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      aprajita 6 years ago

      I m only 13years old. I don't know how,why but from six years old i want to become an astranaut. I can do anything to become an astrenaut.It`s my not only ambition its my life.

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      APRAJITA 6 years ago

      HIIIII. I AM 13 YEARS OLD. I AM KEEN TO BECOME AN ASTRANAUT. IT`S MY LIFE.MY IDOL IS KALPANA CHAWLA AND SUNITA WILLIAMS.I HAVE LIFE HISTORY OF BOTH OF THEM. CAN ANYONE SAY WHAT`S THE WAY TO BECOME AN ASTRANAUT. I WANT TO PROVE MYSELF.

      I HOPE YOU CAN GET BACK TO ME. I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THIS WITH YOU. A BIG THANKU FROM ME.

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      APRAJITA 6 years ago

      HI, IT'S ME AGAIN. CAN YOU PLEASE SAY ME THE WAY TO BECOME AN ASTRANAUT. PLEASE.

      I'LL NEVER FORGET YOUR HELP.

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      goku 6 years ago

      hi i am goku and i am from india and i want to be an astronaut and what is the process of it

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      pulkit 6 years ago

      hi i am an indian . please help me . i just don't know wat to do to be en astronaut . tell me each an every thing ( process ) how to be an astronaut please .

      my id is pulkitbatra1997@gmail.com . please help me

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      lip123 6 years ago

      yes you can says obama

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      MANSI 6 years ago

      hiiiiiiiiiii i have a strong desire to become astronaut

      but my eyesight is weak am i still eligible to join nasa.

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      Mushrafat Abdulrahman 6 years ago

      My name is Abdulrahman Mushrafat. I am from Nigeria and i am 15 years old. I am interested in becoming an astronaut but my country does not offer the courses that will help achieve my dreams so am planning on traveling abroad to study. I am interested in studying geographical engineering, i would like to know if this course will be useful for me. I would want to be the 'pilot' in the flying crew can my proposed course take me there.

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      SRIDHAR 6 years ago

      HAI..I know its hard to read all the comments..BUT THIS IS Important!!!...i have specs...is it possible to even try to become an astronaut or is it a waste of time?

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      PAUL 6 years ago

      Hey i'm 16, and i have a very minor color deficient issue, is it still possible to become an astronaut? Thanks, and great hub.

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      shivzzz 6 years ago

      hey...i m in tenth..bt always aspiring to bcome an astronaut.....i m not so tall...may i know whts the required hieght to bcome an astronaut??..n does it matter a lot..??

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      Forget my last comment......well at least the last part. I just want to wish everyone out There good luck!! Hope you guys become astronauts.

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      ashmin.sandhu@gmail.com 6 years ago

      i want to become astronaut in future but now i am still an student but i want to become can u help mein this?

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      Mica 6 years ago

      Hey! My name is Micaela and I'm thirteen and I really want to become and astronaut! I'm taking college astronomy classes and it's just so intresting. I've taken up astronomy as a passion. I plan to go to Oxford and get my masters in Physical Science. Is Oxford a good school for that?Also what is the average years for getting through the training?

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      sirius 6 years ago

      i love this going to space thing but my question is have there been any accidents out there you know in space

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      Jillian 6 years ago

      Heyy

      i hope this is real cuz im doing a major project on going into space... anyways thx:)

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      revathi 6 years ago

      hi. i know its hard to become. but i'm little weak in maths but i'm superb in science. and even often i invent useful gadgets. I'm 15 yrs old. AND I BADLY WANT TO BECOME ASTRONAUT!GOD BLESS MEEEEEEEEEEE!

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      kartika  6 years ago

      can anybody tellll meee how much money require 2 become an austronaut

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      dhanashree 6 years ago

      hiiiii!!!!my name is dhanashree n im 14 years old.im from india.u no y v r existed on d earth????????? k i will tell u y...................................................... To fight d impossible dream To fight d unbeatable foe To bear d unbearable sorrow To run where d brave dare not go To right d unrightable wrong To love pure n chaste from afar To try when your arms r 2 weary To reach d unreachable star This is my quest To follow d star No matter how hopeless No matter how far To fight 4 d right Without question or pause To b willingly 2 march in2 hell 4 a heavenly cause...........thank u n u know my dream is also 2 become an austronaut n i will try my best 2 best n if u want 2 help me then u can n i will also help u 2 become an austronaut this will help 2 exchange d knowledge

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      funmontrealgirl 6 years ago from Montreal

      I read this since I was intrigued and want to learn something new other than reading fashion, books, music, personal finance, travels and the like. I was not disappointed. Thank you. Such an informative hub.

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      sivaparvathi.s 6 years ago

      Hay, I am in Inter first year from INDIA. I want to become astronaut. But I don't know "HOW TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT???".Please help me plz,plz............................ This my DREAM. please help me and send me answer! PLEASE HELP ME TO achieve my dream.

      Thank you.

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      Chuchu 6 years ago

      I want to be an astronaut too!!

      but 2 questions:

      1.is it important to get all 4 degrees to apply?

      2. can you NOT be american to join NASA as an astronaut?

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      Ishawari Jagdish Patil 5 years ago

      Being an astronaut is my dream.Your information gave me lot of knowlegde.

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      Ishawari Jagdish Patil 5 years ago

      Being an astronaut is my dream.Your information gave me lot of knowlegde.

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      S.Dharini 5 years ago

      I am a girl of 14 years and i want to become an astronaut

      This is my dream and i hope this will fulfill.

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      Shashirajsinh Zala 5 years ago

      Hi Friends,

      Im 14 yrs old i like to become astronaut. but i don't know where to go for this kindly stuff... any one can help me on this .. where i can study ..? which college, University kindly suggest me..

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      Aanchal Mahajan 5 years ago

      hi.i am MBBS student from INDIA wants to be an astronaut.can i become the part of NASA after completing my MBBS

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      Aanchal Mahajan 5 years ago

      hi.i am MBBS student from INDIA wants to be an astronaut.can i become the part of NASA after completing my MBBS

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      jashwanth 5 years ago

      Hi

      my name is jashwanth I completed my 12th standard and going to join engineering and my doubt is which branch I hould take to become autronaut. and Iam very much intrestd to become.

      please give ome more information.

      thank you.

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      shruthi tresa 5 years ago

      hi sir,

      i am tresa. I come from canada.I live in toronto. i badly want to know some things:

      1.what should I do after my 12 grade in order to be an astronaut?

      2.what type of university should i study in?

      it will be just great if you answer my questions,sir.

      THANKYOU!!!!!

      it will be great sir,if you answer my questions....

      2. which type of university should i study in?

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      deepika 5 years ago

      hi sir,

      I am deepika doing my 11th.i have a clear idea about training and duties but i don't have a clear idea how to approach my aim.i would be thankful to you if you help me out to solve my problem.

      thank you

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      gaurav dua 5 years ago

      hi a am gaurav dua studying in 10 standard i want to become an astronaut and i am too much cunfused that how to bacome an astronaut can u guide me ...

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      Yushika Subedi 5 years ago

      I WANT TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT.... I DON'T KNOW WHICH FACULTY SHOULD I GET INTO TO COME IN FIELD OF ASTRONOMY

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      SidBlack 5 years ago

      If you want to be an astronaut you're going to have top put in at least 8 years of college. Becoming an officer in the Air Force or Navy and piloting aircraft will help you. Currently I'm working towards becoming an Air Force Officer and getting a Doctorate in biochemistry.

      It is not easy to get a doctorates degree or become a pilot in the armed forces. You'll read about minimums to become an astronaut, but trust me, there are people out there who surpass those minimums by incredible amounts. If you're not both incredibly fit and intelligent, then you can forget about even getting past the qualifications to become a military officer, much less a jet pilot or astronaut.

      Signed,

      A realist who has taken the first steps (going to college and joining ROTC) to become an astronaut

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      James D. Preston 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Well said Sid, this article is a little outdated now, and you're absolutely correct. We're talking bare minimums here.

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      shubhi 5 years ago

      i am in 10 class cani becime astronaut without being engineer

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      pratiksha 5 years ago

      hi i am from INDIA i loved this hub alottt!!!!!! very ausumn ,i am 16 now and i am wishing desparetely to become an astronaut,i have great interest in astrophysics, i will become an aeronautics engineer and head to fulfill other requirements .i aim to be a mission specialist.plzzz reply me my ahead route to become an astronaut.

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      Bekim 5 years ago

      Is it true that all the astronauts has to declare first that they believe in GOD? I heard this rule before and it was also mentioned in the movie CONTACT with J. Foster (they refused to send her to space after discovered she didn't believe in God.)

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      BHAWNA KHURANA 5 years ago

      I WANT TO BE AN ASTRONAUT. MAY I????????///

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      terry phantom 5 years ago

      i will be an astronaut no one can stop me (except the police)

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      Apollo 13 5 years ago

      My heroes are Jim Lovell, Fred haise, and jack swiggert!

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      MEGHA MURTHY 5 years ago

      I WANT TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT. I HEARD THAT TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT ONLY 5FEET 11 INCHES IS THE MAXIMUM HEIGHT BUT IAM MORE THAN 5FEET 11 INCHES IN MY11TH STANDARD WHAT IAM I SUPPOSED TO DO NOW AS TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT IS A distant DREAM FOR ME .PLEASE CLARIFY MY DOUBT FOR WHICH I SHALL BE GRATEFUL FOR U

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      Araceli Garcia 5 years ago

      Hi I'm 13 years old&my dream is to be an astronaut since I waz 4years old!im learning Physical Science this year and I have an A in math and I ADMIRE learning things in space plz help me b an astronaut!!

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      sameer 5 years ago

      i am pursuing final year in electrical n electronics engineering .... its my dream to be an astronaut since i wuz a kid.. thanx for the information...'

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      Kumar Vicky Singh 5 years ago

      SIR,I WANT TO BECOME A ASTRONAUT.

      GIVE ME SOME STEPS.

      E-MAIL:kumarvickysingh@rocketmail.com

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      Ronnie 5 years ago

      can anyone suggest me how can i get american citizenship

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      SIMRAN 5 years ago

      this really helped me the last thing ahocked me that u have 2 be an us cixten i don't like that hmm but still have 5 more yrs till i m ready 2 work

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      swatantragopal 5 years ago

      it is nice but tell me how to join nasa after 12th

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      Shujaut H. Badr 5 years ago

      Hello dear brothers n sisters.if u r studying any branch of engineering then only perseverance is the need.i am myself a mechanical engg. Student n once i got a chance to visit goddard space flight center(NASA).people out there also insisted to work with an aim n never to give up....stars r waiting up there....best of luck

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      TUNDE TIJANI 5 years ago

      AND I REALLY WANT TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT IN FUTURE AS IT IS MY DREAM OF GOING INTO THE SPACE AND IN MOON. I HAVE A QUESTION THAT AT WHAT AGE I CAN ENTER THE NASA. AND HOW MUCH TIME IT WILL TAKE FOR TRAINING , AS I AM SO EXITED TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT. OH...PLEASE HELP ME........................ HI TUNDE TIJANI IAM FROM NIGERIA IAM 15YRS

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      Obed mantanyani 5 years ago

      Many people out there want to be astronauts, but we forget that will be runing the future when aldults of today die. So it depends on us. We have to do well at school and i mean to really do well at school. I really lyk my brain because of it, i always get prizes in physics, chemistry, biology and mathamatics at my school. Seeing how i really do in these subjects tells me i can be an astronaut even more than an astronaut because power lies in the brain.

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      bhavika 5 years ago

      waoooooo !!!!!!!!!!!! i really loved it >>>>>>>>>>>> ! v can get soooo many information about how to be an astronaut that's amazing

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      aditi sharma 5 years ago

      hello sir.... i hv completed 16 this year n want to become an astronaut.... i will be completing my 12th next year... n wanted u suggest me what to do after that... n what are the academic expectations??

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      Miley 5 years ago

      Plz help me ! I really want to be an astronaut and I have even visited NASA . I am from India and wanted to ask you that how much weightge do they give to bachelor's degree in mathematics and do I really have to be a citizen of America?

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      supermanskylab@twitter.com 5 years ago

      I loved astronaut , i shall want to visited NASA . I am fan

      of all astrologer ........ but i am Bangladeshi.

      all the astrologer high of human thinking . how can i stop

      my thinking on the sky eye!!!!!!! i loved you all

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      Mahi 5 years ago

      hey its mahi as all wish my dream is also to become an astronaut and i lv to would be sir/mam if u r reading this life changeable msg then plz reply 2me i know u r 2busy 2 send a reply well 1more thng i m only 15 years old and waiting for ur reply its a dream

      -mahi(A FRIEND FRM INDIA)

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      pkwambugu@yahoo.com 5 years ago

      am peter, 15yaers, my dreams of being an astronaut hope to attain them. i know the job requires a determined person who is ready to stick to the job.i am ready and determined.

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      martin maitland 5 years ago

      the whole system is money if you got enough of it you can build a space ship like what you see on tv and fly off to what ever planet you want nasa knows why they using private transit now because years from now in the future man is gonna be bringing back minerals that are more precious than diamonds and privatizing it alows that to come through faster remember the saying find the water then you find other planet with life well they found alot of planets with water the need for for spaceship builders and space explorers are gonna sky rocket in just a couple years the are gonna be drafted to do these jobs the world is about to find out something real big and everything is gonna change just like everyone is expecting just not like they thought but a change is coming, remember the last election everyone had a change well how funny election is next yr rmbr 12/21/2012 it's the last 12 12 of 12 and then check it 9 the end

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      Robbie 5 years ago

      Hello my name is Robbie and I have dreamt of becoming an astronaut since I was nine years old. I hope to live onboard the ISS, become the first African-American on the Moon, travel to an asteroid, and lead the first human mission to Mars!

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      katie 5 years ago

      Hi im 15 i want to be an astronaut more then anything in the entire world and maybe the first person on Mars. This dream feels impossible but im not going to stop until I achieve it.

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      Jad Dia 5 years ago

      When I grow up, I want to be an Astronaut. The first thing to do is to study hard, I always study hard. I love Science, Math, etc... I always get 90 and above.

      I'm thinking that I want to go to Yale Univrsity.

      Ps: People, the Moon mission's stopped at December 1973,

      why do they say, I want to go to the Moon.

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      Komal 5 years ago

      My dream is to become astronote i am verry interest about it

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      kendell simmons 5 years ago

      i always wannted to be an astronaut since i was 4 yrs old..and im now 16... ive already learned all there is about going into space, ive learned about the stars and there constelations, ive learned how to fly and repair a star ship or (space ship),i hope by the time im a more experience adult we have the equipment to fly into black holes and come back or go to other planets and galxys

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      Desha Johnson 5 years ago

      i im 19 and i wanna become an astronaut-i think i should learn a little from the person above me (Kendell Simmons) he seems to know alot about what hes talking about. I know he'll make it if does know all this stuff.

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      DEV 5 years ago

      I ALSO WANT TO BECOME .ASTRONAUT ....I ALSO LEARN ABT SPACE ....STARS ....BUT I WANT TO ASK U ALL....HOW I CAN PREPARE FOR IT...AM 17 YR OLD.......

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      shyebelle 5 years ago

      i believe in astronomy and i will defiately be one.but i don't now if my parents will agree and support me financialy.i'm from papua new guinea.

      what it takes to be an astronaut is not hard.if some people can become an astronaut,what's too hard;if they can, i can too!

      i only hope that this is GOD's plan for the reason of my existance.that may be the only thing that can stop me from becoming an astroaut.

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      Suchitra Podder 5 years ago

      Hi! i am from India.i want to be anastronut.now i a m 17 and i will give my final exam in class 11 .i am read pure science.so plz tell me after 12 class what i do

      for joining nasa for my education

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      Mounir 5 years ago

      hello

      i want to know what sort of matter that i have to study to become an astronaut and what to learn to become an astronomer too plz some hlps.

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      vartika sharma 5 years ago

      i wanna be an astronaut... and it z myhh biggest desire from myhh childhood

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      VARTIKA SHARMA 5 years ago

      Hi! i am 16 years old and its my DREAM to be an ASTRONAUT from my childhood.. i am going to do bachelor of engineering in AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING after completing my 12th... Is this a rgt decision? plzz tell

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      vamanan.ks 5 years ago

      distance education bachelors degrees are accepted or not,sir

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      sashwat harit 5 years ago

      i think that i will become an astronaut as i have lot of information about nasa and space and my general knowledge is very good.i want to ask that what i have to do to become an astronaut

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      sashwat harit 5 years ago

      i think that i will become an astronaut as i have lot of information about nasa and space and my general knowledge is very good.i want to ask that what i have to do to become an astronaut.

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      fatima 5 years ago

      can yOu nOt becOme one by dOing a bachelors degree in english n physics n then PH.D in physics afterwards ?

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      fatima 5 years ago

      hey there m 15 n nOw m gOing to ave chOoze between eng aur pre med so do you think i should chooze pre eng?

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      Nadege 5 years ago

      hello,i'm truelly interrested in astronaulogy ,is it possible to get a scholarship as to master in astronaulogy for those who can't afford?

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      nitin chaurasia 5 years ago

      Hi,m nitin chaurasia.Im indian and i have a dream to become an astronaut,so that i explore more in space.BUT

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      c.a.kyndiah 5 years ago

      actly my sister wanted to become as an astranout,, so pls kinly suggsted which subject she hv to tk as at presnt she is waiting her 10th clas result.

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      anonomous astronaut 5 years ago

      We talk with some people, you can do it

      Please take a picture for me; I`ll see it whereever it goes

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      Kartikay Kaul 5 years ago

      When I was seven...I'd decided to Bcome an astronaut....But these HOAXES ON APOLLO 17, etc etc of NASA SHOWING OFF ABT THE ALIENS......which I think are not present-has discouraged me.

      I want to ask the author whether he thinks aliens exist or not....I DON'T WANT MAYBE OR POSSIBLY....

      And yes,,, was apollo 17 landing on moon true?

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      deepika 4 years ago

      hey i m deepika frm india......i m final yr student of btech(computer science)...i wanted to be an astronaut for which i m asking u to guide me dat wat should i do now to achieve it .......i need up a specific path no matter hw difficult it is but i can't give up till i achieve it.......i hope u will help me in ds regard :-)

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      aadhya 4 years ago

      thanks for your support lily and thooghun

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      wannamineanastroid 4 years ago

      which aerospace program in Canada would you recommend going to? i heard both U of T and Carlton are both very prestigious.

      I've also considered Ryreson and Queen's

      any help would be appreciated

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      John Fraser 4 years ago

      Hi, i'm John from scotland and I was wondering what is the best approach to becoming an astronaut if you don't live in America? Also how would you get in space if you didn't nessecirly want to be a pilot, mission specialist or payload specialist more like a researcher? And do you need to go to a good university like oxford or cambridge? Thanks.

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      darran jenkins 4 years ago

      hi i am darran from wales in great britian! i have been intrested in astronomy since i saw haleys comet through a telescope when i was 7!since then i have always dreamed of being a astronaut! N.A.S.A have done an excellent job with exploration of our universe! its every astronauts dream to stand on a new world and look forward to the next one!!!!!!

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      Akn 3 years ago

      Right... shifting sands of US sccneie policy. The US National Science Foundation continually saw its budget rise throughout the 2000's. In '02, George W Bush signed into law the National Science Foundation Authorization Act to double the NSF's budget over the course of five years.NASA's budget continually declined during the Clinton administration before being stabilized between 2001 and 2008. In 2004, Bush sought $1 billion more in funding for NASA.The National Institute of Health's 2002 budget was $23.4 billion and is now at $31.2 billion (not including Obama's new spending).It sure sounds like sccneie wallowed in agony during the Bush years. Apart from one avenue of stem cell research and certain environmental areas that in hindsight would have been wasted money, all the sccneies in the US prospered significantly in recent years.Though I wouldn't expect a Liberal to do research on this. After all, the mantra is "Blame Bush" right?

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      Natasha Moleele 3 years ago

      hi I rmbr I wrote here awhile back and I cant blv whr I m now.God z rly tking me closer2my drms.i rmbr I ws prayin4a schlrshp and I hv 1 alrdy.im studyng in rusia.i ws rding most of the comnts and its fscn8ng hw we al wnt2bcum astrnauts.lt the Lord bles ur plans and ul bcum sucesful in carrying thm out bcz if I hdnt gvn ths 2Jesus I doubt I wudv bn select8d for ths schlrshp...I mean only 14 ppl wr chosen out of 1000s of xul kids frm y country.i pray tht il b algnd to Gods plan and hnstly spking if u rly wnt2bcum an astronaut jst cast ur careS unto Jesus and ul c wat wl hpn....luk at me...I may nt b the smartest girl in the world bt iv faith tht muvs mountains God bles yal and Gods tking me sumwhr...soon il b sayin tht my spce mission is in an hour :-D ;-)

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      Paul Sam 16 months ago

      InteresTing article!! I learned a lot about being an astronaut. The comical elements were great. Really good article...

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