If you are thinking about being an astronaut, you still might be able to moonwalk soon. Ever since the first manned orbit in 1962, there has always been a certain romanticism associated with being an astronaut. Whether its Hollywood or the impressive leaps and bounds in space travel, we can all agree that astronauts are awesome. But, to put on those moon boots, you need to be in incredible physical shape, adventurous, technically skilled, and open to a little terrestrial fame.
What Does it Take to Be an Astronaut?
Any civilian can apply to NASA no matter their background. The NASA team requires their astronauts to have at the very least a bachelor's degree in engineering, biology, physics or mathematics. However there are some exceptions to the rule.
The Million Dollar Question
Ok, so you have all of these traits plus more. Do you have the mind of an astronaut? In a recent post, British astronaut Tim Peake presented his Facebook audience with a brainteaser "straight from his astronaut selection test."
What seems like a simple question managed to stump the 1,700 people under the post, and if you think this is hard, supposedly, the questions in this astronaut test are a lot harder.
If at first, you do not succeed...
Of course, being an astronaut is not something that happens overnight. Even those with the best qualifications can fall short. It can take years of education and experience.
Retired Astronaut, Clay Anderson shared this struggle. "The fact that I applied to become an astronaut 15 times has not been lost on my friends, followers, or fans," says Anderson in his biography, The Ordinary Spaceman. "Jokes and snide remarks have hinged upon the ugly truth that on 14 of those 15 attempts I was a complete and abysmal failure. As a matter of fact, there's a NASA public service announcement highlighting how it took me 15 tries. I like to cling to the reality that I can always say 'better late than never,' but at this point, it's all academic."
The other requirements that are needed to be an astronaut include great eyesight (20/20), clock in around 1,000 hours of jet pilot experience, make it through a reduced gravity aircraft, and to be in good mental health.
If you made it through this question without so much as flinching, you might have a future in space. Now, you can begin your physical training. What did you think of the question?