How to become an astronaut
You can get into this career by:
- applying directly
You need to be between 27 and 37 years old and able to speak English fluently. It'll be helpful if you can speak basic Russian because it's used along with English on the International Space Station.
You'll have an advantage if you're a pilot with at least 1,000 hours of flying experience in a high performance aircraft like a fighter jet.
You'll also need a degree and a postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject like:
- biology, chemistry or physics
You must hold US citizenship or US dual-citizenship to become an astronaut with NASA.
There's only a small number of astronaut training places available when recruitment occurs, and there's a lot of competition for them.
Candidates also undergo rigorous physical and psychological testing so you will need to maintain excellent health and endurance.