How to Become an Astronaut Part 1

Matt Crowe’s Blog

Method 1 of 3: Making the Initial Cut

1. Be a citizen of a country with a space agency that is capable of sending humans to space.  Russia, China, and the USA are the front runners.

2. Be the right age.  The ESA is seeking candidates who are between 27 and 37 years old.  NASA is less stringent; there are no known age restrictions, but the past astronauts are between the ages of 26 and 46. The average age is 34.

3. Be the right height. The ESA only accepts candidates who are between 5′ to 6’2 1/2″.  With NASA, they seek men and women between 5’2″ and 6’3″.

4.  Pass the physical. In order to become an astronaut, your near and far vision must be correctable to 20/20.  As for your health, your blood pressure cannot be above 140/90 when in a sitting position.

5. Speak English.

6. Learn how to swim and swim well. Because of gravity, day-to-day air living isn’t great for simulating the universe. Some of your training will be done underwater.

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