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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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      Paul Sam 20 months ago

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

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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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      Akn 4 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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      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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      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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      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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      aadhya 4 years ago

      thanks for your support lily and thooghun

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      deepika 5 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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      vamanan.ks 5 years ago

      distance education bachelors degrees are accepted or not,sir

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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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      vartika sharma 5 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      Komal 5 years ago

      My dream is to become astronote i am verry interest about 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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      swatantragopal 5 years ago

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

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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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      Ronnie 5 years ago

      can anyone suggest me how can i get american citizenship

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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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      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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      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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      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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      Apollo 13 5 years ago

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

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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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      BHAWNA KHURANA 5 years ago

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

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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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      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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      shubhi 5 years ago

      i am in 10 class cani becime astronaut without being engineer

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      shruthi tresa 6 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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      jashwanth 6 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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      Aanchal Mahajan 6 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 6 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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      Shashirajsinh Zala 6 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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      S.Dharini 6 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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      Ishawari Jagdish Patil 6 years ago

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

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      Ishawari Jagdish Patil 6 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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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      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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      kartika  6 years ago

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

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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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      lip123 6 years ago

      yes you can says obama

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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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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.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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      Andrew Froehlich 6 years ago

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