Can anyone become an astronaut? Yes - if you work hard enough and have the right skills and education with good grades. You also need to work well with people, be able to communicate and be eager to do the job. Here are some examples.
If you want to be a mission specialist, you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. A master’s degree and doctoral degree are a big help. You also need to work for three years in a related field like aerospace engineering. Lastly, you have to pass a difficult physical exam, have good eyesight and a height requirement has to be met.
To be a pilot, you need at least 1,000 hours of pilot in command time in jet airplanes. It also helps to be a test pilot. Because it’s easiest to get this experience in the U.S. military, many astronauts who are pilots have a military background. Pilots must also pass a difficult exam...
Learn more about becoming an Astronaut in today's What I Want To Be.
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