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Astronaut

To become an Astronaut you need at least a Bachelors degree in Engineering, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, or something similar from an accredited college or university. After receiving your degree you will need at least 3 years of related experience to qualify for their Astronaut candidate program. If you want to be a Pilot Astronaut you will need more than 1,000 hours of experience as pilot-in-command of a jet in addition to your degree. All applicants must pass a rigorous physical exam and meet strict height and health requirements. Once accepted to the Astronaut candidate program you will train for 2 years at NASAs facility in Houston, Texas. There you will take classes in Math, Astronomy, Physics, Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography, Navigation, Orbital Mechanics, Materials Processing, and Space Shuttle Systems. At the end of the 2 years you can become an astronaut. Once you become one you will do more training until you are selected for a mission. Astronauts must remain with NASA for at least 5 years and are paid between $51,799 and $95,977 a year depending on their qualifications.



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Bibliography

How Stuff Works -How do I become an astronaut?
http://people.howstuffworks.com/question534.htm

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
http://www.nasa.gov/

Johnson Space Center - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/

National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Astronaut Selection, FAQ
http://www.nasajobs.nasa.gov/astronauts/faq.htm

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