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Transcript of Astronaut
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Undergo extensive and ongoing training.
Perform designated tasks during space missions.
May fly the space shuttle, coordinate shuttle operations, or conduct experiments.
Some do spacewalks to repair satellites or the shuttle.
Provide ground support to astronauts in space.
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Astronauts earn somewhere between $65,000 and $142,000 a year.
NASA accepts applications for the Astronaut Candidate Program on a continuous basis. Candidates are selected as needed for pilot and mission specialist categories. Both civilian and military personnel are considered for the program. Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
For mission specialists and pilot astronaut candidates, the education and experience requirements are at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biology, physical science, or math. Military personnel must apply through their parent service and then be nominated by their service to NASA.
Astronauts fly beyond the earth’s atmosphere in space shuttles. They are highly qualified and extensively trained scientists, engineers, and other experts who have been chosen to explore space. They conduct experiments and further our knowledge of our solar system and what lies beyond.
By: Talon McNeese
Neil Armstrong, America's most famous astronaut.
A Space Shuttle.
Purdue, a respected college to become and astronaut, and also the college Neil Armstrong attended.
Work well as part of a team
Hard-working and determined
Knowledge of other languages is useful
Have information on astronomy and space and also in diverse forms of sciences
Skills in mechanics or engineering
Knowledge in piloting