Why hasn't NASA started sending children to the International Space Station?
Why would NASA want to send children into space? They're not old enough to make the decision to go. Their brains aren't completely developed yet. Their decision-making abilities haven't matured yet.
While there is no age requirement to be an astronaut, they've ranged in age from 26 and 46, with the average age being 34. Most astronauts either have military flight training, or an educational background that qualifies them for their mission.
Well Lisa, both NASA and ROSCOSMOS sent some animals to space. There minds too were not developed. But they sent them. Same way, why not children?
There's a big difference between sending test animals to space, and sending someone's child. Again, WHY would NASA want to do this, when there's a plentiful supply of trained adults willing to go?
You are true, what meant is the children will be educated and by the time they are fully trained they will be grown up adults. So it is just a learning stage for children.
The educational programs for kids are not astronaut training programs. Kids don't train to be astronauts. Only adults can apply to the astronaut training program.
Children are being trained not only for that but also to meet the challenges of the outer world. You can have details of the programs offered by NASA. To mention a few:
For the children of age groups 9-11, 12-14, 15-18, there is an Astranauts Training Program that includes model rocket launches and stimulated missions into space and also Aviation Challenge Camp through which one can learn Aeronautical Design and Aviation Principles. This is being offered by Kenedy Space Center, Florida.
There are other weeklong, overnight programs like Space Camp, Space Academy, Space Camp Robotics and Aviation Challenge being offered January through November at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. For more information on the programs for children, families, adults and educators, visit www.spacecamp.com or contact:
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35807
1 800-63-SPACE (1-800-637-7223) or 256-837-3400.
Children are NOT being trained to be sent to the International Space Station, which is what the question asked. The programs you describe are educational, but not actual training to become astronauts.
True. lisavollrath, through these programs one can expect children to be future Astranauts.
No, you really can't expect that kids going through a space camp program will be astronauts. They're kids interested in space. Maybe some of them might apply to the astronaut training program, or grow up to be astronomers, scientists, pilots, etc.
That's true. This is was I meant. Thanks for the clarifications.
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