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How Does One Become An Astronaut?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:39 pm

I mean the space exploration one, not the thrill-ride-wanna-be (no offense).

I know someone going through an engineering degree for it and I heard AF pilots usually do it. I have also heard that somehow non-aviation related folks, like geologists and teachers, have been able to qualify to go to space.

How and what the heck?
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RE: How Does One Become An Astronaut?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:49 pm

AFI 36-2205 (chapter 2 pg11-15) is the regulation that covers applications for both the 13A and 13B AFSCs (Astronauts 13A is pilot, 13B is mission specialist). I do not know the regs for the other services. You can find this online at the AF forms/pubs webpage linked via AF.mil

After selection you are PCS'd the JSC in Houston where the training process begins. The JSC webpage has links to various training functions and processes also. Civilians can, of course, also apply.

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RE: How Does One Become An Astronaut?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:56 pm

The ones who actually fly the shuttle are almost always military pilots (not just AF) with an engineering background. That would apply to the mission commander and pilot I believe. Then there are the mission specialists that are there to run experiments/repair satellites/make observations, and they of course don't need to have a flying background but degrees and expertise in their feild.

That's vague, and hopefully accurate, but that's what I remember.
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RE: How Does One Become An Astronaut?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 2:02 pm

I've read somewhere that an overwhelming majority of astronauts come from Naval aviation. I would guess a background/degree in math/physics/engineering would also be helpful.

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RE: How Does One Become An Astronaut?

Wed Nov 24, 2004 2:53 pm

Again, Go to AFI 36-2205 and it spells out all the technical degrees required. No need to speculate.
You need adobe to view the document- Chapter 2 is the Astronaut chapter. Chapter one covers Pilot, Nav and Air Battle Manager applications via AF form 215.

The breakdown between Air Force and Navy Astronauts is somewhat even (and there have been several Army Aviators in the program).
Of the current 108 (before the current selection) active astronauts, there are 23 members fromthe Air Force, 1 from the Air Force Reserves, 6 Army officers, 1 Coast Guardsman, 6 Marines, 27 from the Navy, and 3 from the Navy Reserves- and 41 civilians

-link to prior Navy astronauts http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq88-1.htm
- There are some 54 former astronauts as well as 23 current astronauts and one astronaut candidate who also wear Air Force blue.

Here is a decent story about the most recent Board of selection and the training process
" Duane Ross has 37 years of experience at Johnson Space Center in Houston selecting and training astronauts. NASA receives about 3,000 applications every two years when it selects its next class, said the astronaut candidate selection and training manager.

Out of the thousands, 100 will be interviewed and about 10 will be selected. Both civilian and military applicants are considered. "

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