How do I become an Astronaut?


How do I become an Astronaut?

Do you have dreams of one day becoming an astronaut? Well this group is for you! Come get tips and pointers on how to maximize your chances of becoming part of this talented group of explorers. Learn what skills and talents NASA looks for in their astronaut candidates and get all your questions answered.

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Becoming a private astrobiologist astronaut- intro to the regs

Started by vooderbar Jul 28, 2012. 0 Replies

Hey group!Everyone knows about public sector astronauts (e.g., 'The Astronauts', 'NASA Astronauts', etc.) but did you know that the legal requirements for becoming a private sector astronaut are…Continue

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Comment by Zerin Firoz on October 30, 2013 at 11:36am

Aww..thanks to both Andrew and Sanjoy for taking your valuable time out to answer my query !! :) Yes I did read a number of articles about this in the internet and also the above forum post! Nevertheless,I felt very upset. After all, being an astronaut is indeed a tough job esp. for me considering the fact that currently there's no Aerospace industry in my country. I'm hoping to travel abroad soon.I agree with Andrew being short should actually be a bonus. Most of the articles that I've read say that currently the strict height requirement is "mainly" because of the size of the space suit. Specialized space suits cannot be made for each and every astronaut at ISS. I hope in the future they also alter the size of space suits and relax such strict requirements !!

Comment by Sanjoy Som on October 28, 2013 at 4:25pm

@Zerin - I think those requirements will change as new capsules come online in the next few years (Orion + Dragon), and with the multitude of commercial space flight opportunities that will also come online in the near future, I suspect the strict requirements that exist now will relax a bit. Zach's forum post above this column might shed some light on this.

Comment by Andrew Planet on October 28, 2013 at 1:43pm

@ Zerin.  i personally don't want to become an astronaut, I would have loved to when i was younger but not now.  Nonetheless I really want to encourage others to.  

I don't know why NASA requires astronauts to be as tall as you mention but really its a drawback it terms of monetary costs. Being smaller as an astronaut is actually a bonus as you need less energy and smaller environments or resources to keep those same people alive whilst they carry out their experiments and exploration.  Being smaller as an astronaut therefore also means we can send more of them.  If I had it my way I'd be selective for really small but strongly built people as astronauts.  

It would be no shame on my life that when our Moon or Mars gets permanently colonised that our species descendants would be generally much smaller than our contemporaries today

Comment by Zerin Firoz on October 26, 2013 at 11:21am

The minimum height to be a NASA astronaut is 62inches but my height is 57inches and I'm not growing any taller! I've passed my growing age. Should I still aim to be an astronaut ? Since childhood my only aim was to be an astronaut. I've always loved Science but was weak in Math. Nevertheless, with age I became good at math and I also made sure my physical health is always on top condition even though as a child I used to suffer from motion sickness. But what on earth should I do about height ? I badly need practically useful advice !!

Comment by Zach Timmons on March 6, 2013 at 12:09pm

Astronauts 4 Hire (a commercial astronaut training association) may soon be looking for new flight members. I cannot give details, but if you're interested in becoming a commercial astronaut, keep an eye out for announcements in the near future :)

Comment by Sanjoy Som on March 6, 2013 at 9:09am

An interesting article about how the 2013 NASA Astronaut class was selected

Comment by Grasshopper Heshan Illangkoon on January 9, 2013 at 1:23pm

Mars-one just announced the requirements for their 2013 astronaut selection program. - Check out the Press Release

Comment by vooderbar on July 30, 2012 at 2:06am

The Ashos group sent out a link to astronaut psychological/cognitive battery tests from ESA that you can download and run, using Adobe Flash:

Some of them are really easy (e.g., the math tests), and some of them might require some practice to complete in the alotted amount of time. But in any case, maintaining these kinds of cognitive skills also helps to protect against the onset of Alzheimer's and dementia, so get on it!

Comment by Zachary Timmons on July 1, 2012 at 3:22am

There's a group called Astronauts4Hire that is focused on training commercial astronauts for lower-orbit research. It seems like the best avenue to becoming an astronaut in North America and Europe today. A few NASA astronaut candidates have also joined Astronauts4Hire, and they've recently completed an experiment in zero-G. The momentum seems to be picking up for non-government astronaut corps. And, their website mentions scholarships and discounts for training like NASTAR :)

Comment by Sanjoy Som on June 21, 2012 at 8:25am

I like the idea of the "astrobiologist astronaut". I recall a conversation with Sara in which she was mesmerized after returning from the GLEX meeting that those active in space exploration know little if not anything about astrobiology. This needs to change.



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Becoming a private astrobiologist astronaut- intro to the regs

Started by vooderbar Jul 28, 2012. 0 Replies

Hey group!Everyone knows about public sector astronauts (e.g., 'The Astronauts', 'NASA Astronauts', etc.) but did you know that the legal requirements for becoming a private sector astronaut are…Continue

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