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Is it too far fetched to become an astronaut?

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    -What GCSES do I need? At the moment, I am doing Punjabi, French, double science, maths, geography, English, history, product design, Religious studies. I have already got an A in my first double science grade.
    -What A-levels do I need?
    -What degree do I need?
    -Should I go into the military for the flight hours?

    I wouldn't like to think it's far fetched but you do also undertake physical tests and have to have no health conditions or minimum health and body conditions (eye sight, blood pressure, etc). Maths, Science - Physics is largely important.

    What nationality are you?
    University --> air force --> test pilot is a common route. For science-based roles you're probably looking at a PhD plus appropriate experience in a relevant field.
    You'll need pretty much perfect fitness.

    At this stage you should concentrate on getting the best results you can at school. Have a look at the NASA and ESA webpages and see they sort of things they look for in their astronauts. Read up about Tim Peake and see how he's got to be where he is. Obviously there aren't many vacancies and they don't come up very often. The route to space is long and tough, and even though the chances of anyone getting there are extremely small, someone will get to do it. If you're keen, fit, motivated and have excellent results then there's no reason why you can't apply and be in with a chance. Good luck!

    Nope you need to dream big, hut what nationality are you?

    For NASA

    Commander and Pilot Astronaut Duties

    Pilot astronauts serve as both Space Shuttle and International Space Station commanders and pilots. During flight, the commander has onboard responsibility for the vehicle, crew, mission success and safety of flight. The pilot assists the commander in controlling and operating the vehicle. In addition, the pilot may assist in the deployment and retrieval of satellites utilizing the remote manipulator system, in extravehicular activities, and in other payload operations.

    Basic requirements for an Astronaut Pilot include the following:

    1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, or mathematics. An advanced degree is desirable. Quality of academic preparation is important.

    2. At least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Flight test experience is highly desirable.

    3. Ability to pass a NASA space physical which is similar to a military or civilian flight physical and includes the following specific standards:
    • Distant visual acuity: 20/100 or better uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 each eye.
    • Blood pressure: 140/90 measured in a sitting position.
    • Height between 62 and 75 inches.

    Mission Specialist Astronaut Duties

    Mission specialist astronauts, working with the commander and pilot, have overall responsibility for the coordination of Shuttle operations in the areas of crew activity planning, consumables usage, and experiment and payload operations. Mission specialists are required to have a detailed knowledge of Shuttle systems, as well as detailed knowledge of the operational characteristics, mission requirements and objectives, and supporting systems and equipment for each payload element on their assigned missions. Mission specialists will perform extravehicular activities, payload handling using the remote manipulator system, and perform or assist in specific experiment operations.

    Basic requirements for a Mission Specialist include the following:

    1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, or mathematics. Degree must be followed by at least three years of related, progressively responsible, professional experience. An advanced degree is desirable and may be substituted for part or all of the experience requirement (master's degree = 1 year of experience, doctoral degree = 3 years of experience). Quality of academic preparation is important.

    2. Ability to pass a NASA space physical, which is similar to a military or civilian flight physical and includes the following specific standards:
    • Distance visual acuity: 20/200 or better uncorrected, correctable to 20/20, each eye.
    • Blood pressure: 140/90 measured in a sitting position.
    3. Height between 58.5 and 76 inches.


    Helen Sharman worked in a chocolate factory before starting astronaut training !

    good luck with your dream.

    reach for the stars
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