Questions tagged [astronaut-recruitment]

Questions regarding how astronauts are selected, and their required qualifications

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What was the reason for an odd number of astronauts in almost every group of the early US space program?

We are familiar with the first groups of NASA astronauts, like the Mercury Seven and the New Nine. Something about that struck me as (literary) odd; All the first twelve astronaut groups had an odd ...
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How many astronauts are left handed?

One kind of 'popular science' fun facts that is very popular is to show how many of the individuals belonging to a notable group of people that are left handed, often showing a large disproportionally ...
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High elbow carrying angle and becoming an astronaut

Would having a high carrying angle (cubitus valgus) disqualify a person from becoming an astronaut?
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Are there any atheist or agnostic American astronauts, past or present?

Are there any atheist or agnostic American astronauts, past or present? If no was this policy? (If no how did that happen and is there a policy going forward?) Yes these are three questions but they ...
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What psychiatric and psychological tests do people need to pass to become astronauts?

I am writing a short film about an astronaut during re-entry to earth. Part of the conflict I wrote is that the astronaut could not pass the mental tests required. Could anyone tell me any tests ...
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From commercial pilot to astronaut

With enough work and effort, is it possible for a commercial pilot to become a NASA astronaut? If a candidate astronaut who is a commercial pilot met all of the requirement apart from a type rating ...