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How to prepare to became an astronaut for NASA?

I am very much interested in Physics, want to become an astronaut and work in NASA. #scientist #nasa #space-planning #defense-and-space

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Edward’s Answer

This is a very interesting question as I have a very big interest in NASA and Astronauts. Just recently I have been reading all about the Apollo program. I was 12 years old and can still remember watching Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. So I have read so many books recently on the Astronauts and it is very apparent that education is key. In the early days you had to be a test pilot and with the Shuttle we saw more scientists. I was just at the Smithsonian Institute Air and Space Museum a couple weeks ago and was looking at the timeline for the USA and Russia and it was really sad seeing how we had stopped flying to space. So based on my reading and love of space I would think there would be a few options. One is to simply look at the backgrounds of all past Astronauts to see what type background they had before becoming an Astronaut. There have been pilots, engineers, scientists and teachers that have become Astronauts. The other is that if you like to fly or would like to fly then try and get your pilot license which would be pretty cool regardless of if you became an Astronaut or not. And take school seriously and become or be a good student and find a mentor that can help you achieve your goals and encourage you. Lastly, don't give up on this dream and believe that you can be an Astronaut because it is real and something you can do. I feel honored to be able to answer or even encourage you toward your becoming an Astronaut and hope that you do someday fly in space.

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Spruce’s Answer

Fantastic! I’m excited for you that you set your personal goals high because by doing so, you will achieve much more than you ever thought possible. It’s also good timing because more and more countries are increasing their space programs and even private ventures will want top scientists and astronauts. In your lifetime, I expect continued low Earth orbit operations, increases in lunar and cis-lunar missions, and perhaps early steps to manned Mars missions.

The most important thing for you is to select a career path that you love. Almost all astronauts study physical or biological science, engineering, or math (STEM), so your physics fits right in. A bachelor’s degree is required, but advanced degrees are highly recommended. Even pilots have STEM degrees. You also need to be physically fit.

While working for NASA right away is great, there are other countries’ space programs at which you could start and to which you could significantly contribute, including European Space Agency (ESA), your own countries’ program, and others. The next phase of Earth's space exploration adventure is now in your hands. Teams led by you will discover extraordinary knowledge and understanding vital to survival of Earth and its inhabitants for you and your grandchildren. Good luck. scientist nasa space-planning defense-and-space space-science stem research
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