You may have heard that space travel is getting to be so advanced that pretty soon companies could just send up tourists with a lot of money to visit the cosmos. You could wait around for that to happen, or you could go to school and train to be an astronaut.
Within the next few decades, humans could be leaving their footprints on Mars. That means NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is looking for our generation to take on the challenge.
The qualifications that NASA is looking for astronaut eligibility include:
Astronaut candidates must also have skills in leadership, communications, and teamwork.
NASA’s Astronaut Selection Board reviews the applications and assesses each candidate’s qualifications. Then, the board invites about 120 of the highest quality candidates to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas for interviews. Of those interviewed, about half of them are invited back for a “second round”. When the final astronauts are selected, they have to complete a two-year training program.
To be an astronaut, you’d probably want to go to a school that focuses on things like science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Some exceptional schools to become an astronaut include:
With NASA's plans for the future, new astronauts will fly farther into space than ever on lunar missions and may be the first to land humans on Mars. It's a rigorous and difficult journey to even get into the space program but once you’re there, the cosmos is within your reach.
Story by Ava Macie
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