The idea of being an astronaut is something that is usually mocked or brushed off between friends. It’s often seen as a profession most are not qualified for, or they lack the proper intelligence to be considered for the space program. However, many people are more qualified than they think. You might be one of them.
Being an astronaut is a job comparable to nothing else in the world. While you might never dunk a basketball or lead a country, you would have the opportunity of traveling through space. That’s not your ordinary profession. So here are some reasons why you should become an astronaut.
You are Built for Space
A lot of people don’t know but there is a height range for flying in space. Pilots must be between 5 foot 4 inches and 6 foot 4 inches. Mission specialists must be between 4 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 4 inches. It also helps if you have been keeping yourself in peak physical condition. Space travel is not for the lazy man or woman.
Because you are Good at Science
While the requirements to travel above the earth can be long, they all start with a background in science. So if you are the college-age student and still undecided on a major, any of the sciences will serve as a big help. Once you have finished college, getting your Masters won’t hurt either.
Because you Love the Idea of Flying
Maybe the best requirement to becoming an astronaut is that you get to have 1,000 hours logged of being a jet commander. While this requirement is really only specific to the mission pilot, isn’t it a cool enough requirement for you to go after yourself?
Because you Love Houston
If you live in the Houston area, or have thought about getting out to the Houston area, NASA is a great reason to go. Anyone who gets selected to be part of the space program will automatically be send to Houston for at least one year, maybe two. It’s not an easy way to train, but it is effective. Space is not for the weak or the lazy.
Because the Next Five Years Sounds Promising
The good news for the hopefuls who pass through the NASA training. They get to remain with NASA for at least five years. So while it’s hard to go through the program, you are offered a security that most jobs can’t match.
Because you are Bilingual
While this is not a requirement to be a NASA astronaut, it’s much preferred. These days everything is international. Having the mastery of multiple languages will give you a leg up over the few that are selected.
Because you Want to be one of the Privileged
Think getting a job at the local bank is tough? Try being an astronaut. Over 4,000 applications are filled out each year, and only 20 slots are filled. Getting to be an astronaut literally means you are the best of the best, and you will get to spend the better part of a decade trying to make it to space.
Now, that’s a job worth dreaming about.