So the question pretty much says it all. I would really appreciate it if you guys can give some detailed explanations here for why I might or might not be able to become an astronaut. And also, feel free to ask me questions.


Ok, so the thing is that I'm studying petroleum engineering. But I am starting to feel like my motivations for coming into this field are fading away and my focus now is diverting to well, being an astronaut. I know it sounds crazy and whatnot. But the thing is. I really really want to at least give it a shot. And when I say being an astronaut. I mean being an astronaut either in NASA or SpaceX. I know that my field is way far away from what astronauts do but if I want to give a shot. What should I start learning, do?

For example, should I do a master's in mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, get fit, learn new engineering skills such as Solidworks, programming, etc. Like what do I do to make my shot even possible?

  • $\begingroup$ Are you talking about NASA astronauts? Have you read the criteria on the NASA website? Which criteria do you not meet? If you meet the criteria, you could theoretically get hired. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Feb 19 '20 at 13:33
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    $\begingroup$ I don't know what it takes to become an astronaut, but IMO, you should not accept that your degree defines what you are. Think of it as something that you have accomplished. Hey! I bet that wasn't easy. If you are the kind of person who can earn an engineering degree, then just imagine what else you could accomplish if you apply yourself to the challenge. $\endgroup$ – Solomon Slow Feb 19 '20 at 16:33
  • $\begingroup$ Yes - it is possible. But the type of degree is potentially irrelevant. Look at what astronaut programmes are available in your country. $\endgroup$ – Rory Alsop Feb 19 '20 at 17:11
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    $\begingroup$ Does this answer your question? How to become an astronaut? $\endgroup$ – user20636 Feb 19 '20 at 18:33
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    $\begingroup$ NASA astronauts have been pro football players, state troopers, and elementary school teachers. Please check the criteria on the website, there is no other answer. nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/postsecondary/features/… $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Feb 20 '20 at 16:37