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An astronaut is a person trained by a human spaceflight program to command, pilot, or serve as a crew member of a spacecraft.
STEP 1: Click here to download the Astronaut career information sheet. Check out the stats!
STEP 2: Watch this video to learn more about the requirements of becoming an astronaut:
- Watch this video to learn how astronauts mentally prepare for space travel.
- Post your thoughts on this discussion question in the Space Travel Group (under TOPIC #1): If you had the chance (and proper training), would you actually want to go to space? Why or why not?
- Before they enter a real spacecraft, astronauts spend hundreds of hours using space simulators. To get a feel for this experience, Download SpaceEngine, a realistic virtual Universe. You can travel from star to star, to galaxies, or land on any planet, moon, or asteroid to explore its alien landscape. This simulator is based on real scientific knowledge, so SpaceEngine depicts the universe the way it is thought to be by modern science. See what space really looks like, just like astronauts do!
What do you do in space?
One of the main reasons astronauts go to space is to do research and collect data. Try your hand at space research with these two simulations:
International Space Station
The International Space Station (ISS) is where astronauts from around the world converge to conduct research and experiments. In this Station Spacewalk Game you’ll experience the thrill of conducting NASA repair work on the International Space Station. Click here to play
Goldfish in Space
As NASA gets closer to sending a human to Mars, much research is being conducted to determine how space affects animals and other living things, especially over extended periods. NASA sees fish as one of the food options to sustain humans for habitation on Mars. Click here to play a game that replicates a real NASA experiment that was conducted using goldfish.
Digital Space Camp
Below is a learning menu for Digital Space Camp! Check them out to learn more about life in space.
What do you wear?
What do you eat?
How do you go to the bathroom?
How do you sleep?
Complete one of the challenges below to earn the Beginner Astronaut Certification:
Challenge A: Design your own space suit, bed, or toilet. What features does it have? What does it look like? (Include a model or drawing, a list of the features, and a summary of how it works.)
Challenge B: Create a recipe that could be prepared and eaten in space. (Include a space-friendly ingredient list and instructions for preparation.)
TOPIC #2: Submit the project of your choice to the Space Travel Group.
- What colleges offer this degree program?
- What do I need to get into these types of programs?
- What professional organizations exist?
- Who might serve as a potential mentor?
TOPIC #3: Discuss these questions with your peers and STEM pros in the Space Travel Group and make a plan for your future!
- Astronauts – US Bureau of Labor Statistics
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
- Top universities offering degrees in space sciences
TOPIC #4: Share your findings in the Space Travel Group!
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