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Becoming an Astronaut

You probably think that all astronauts are basically the same - as long as you go through all that crazy training, you're good to go. Well, real life astronauts are a little more specialized than the ones in Armageddon. Kidzworld is here to give you the lowdown on who NASA sends into space and what they do.

Astronauts - Prepare to Blast Off

Future astronauts should be prepared to be in school for a long time cuz you'll need to get a bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or math, and then get a graduate's degree. You also need to be in excellent shape - to be accepted to astronaut training, you must pass a tough physical exam, which includes swimming three lengths of an Olympic-size swiming pool in a flightsuit and sneakers!

Astronauts - The Commander

The Commander maneuvers the space shuttle, along with the Pilot, and is responsible for the shuttle, crew, mission success and safety of the flight. In order to become the Commander of a space mission, you must have a degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. You must also have previous flying experience (1,000 or more hours on a jet aircraft) and pass a NASA Class I space physical.

Astronauts - The Pilot

The Pilot assists the Commander in controlling and operating the vehicle on a space mission. A Pilot must have the same education and pass all the same tests as the Commander, but isn't in charge of the mission itself. A Pilot will also assist with any other duties that need to be attended to during a mission, like the release and recovery of satellites or other experiments.

Click here to read more about the types of astronauts that NASA sends into space.

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Would You Like to Travel to Outer Space?

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  • No way! I'm staying right here on earth.
  • Maybe if I could pass all the tests.
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I'm a 12 year old girl with really strict parents! I do chores( even handling BLEACH sometimes) , I take care of my little brother, I'm in top set for all my classes- even on the gifted and talented register and I've only ever had 1 detention- and that was their fault anyway bc I was late( they drive). But, I'm still NEVER allowed out with my friends! My friends are all in top sets as well, are well behaved and all we literally would do is window shopping. I mean, there are my age smoking shisha and doing #####- they should be lucky I'm not a delinquent! But my parents always say I can't hang out. Not because they're worried about my safety, they just dont want me to go out.! Even sleepovers, my parents always say no because they ' haven't met the parents" but they make NO effort to do so. I'm losing out on knowing my friends better and whilst they're all making best friends, at school I'm just the person in the background- the left out friend. It hurts and most of the time I wish I was fostered or something. How can I make them loosen up? ( don't say anything about sneaking out because I chose life)
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Kirsteeeeen
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Is there a particular reason or situation causing you to feel this way? I can't provide much advice other than talk to them about it. Communication is important.
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He is a jerk, but then what ?? He is your best friend . Maybe you should tell him to sleep for an extra hour. It may be a lack of sleep.
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My BFFEL (best friend for eternal life) is being a jerk after we have been friends for a long time. What should I do?
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