What does it take to become an astronaut?
One of the most basic requirements to become an astronaut is that you have to be physically healthy. So keep exercising and eat right! You also need to complete a college degree in engineering, math, or science. The more you go to school, the better yo
Men and women can be astronauts, but you must legally be an adult!
Those hoping to fly the shuttle as a pilot must have at least 1,000 hours of experience in jet aircraft. Pilots also need very good eyesight.
Competition is tough! An average of 4,000 people apply each year for the 20 positions that become free every 2 years. For more specific information and a really long application, write to the Astronaut Selection Office, NASA Johnson Space Center, Housto
n, TX 77058.
Submitted by Skyler (age 11, Utah, USA)
(September 8, 1997)
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