Questions regarding how astronauts are selected, and their required qualifications

Astronauts have an unusual job, where they often have to deal with special situations and carefully planed operations. This calls for a special set skills and personality.

In the early era, pilot experience was a mandatory skill, but that was later relaxed to also recruit people with a scientific education, and payload specialists.

On long duration missions, social compatibility of the crew is an important consideration.

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