I love learning about space as a child. The uncertainty and mysteriousness about life on other planets intrigue me. In primary school projects, I would create worlds for them.
I remember in 4th grade, my friend decided he wanted to become an astronaut so he sent a letter to NASA. They responded back, sending a folder of materials along the way. I don’t know if that friend of mine ever ended up pursuing his ambition (two years later he wanted to become a policeman).
The space obsession ended in primary until the last year of high school when we studied Gattaca. I love that film for so many reasons. I think that’s what got me into filmmaking. The fact that I can re-create worlds without ever having to leave the planet. It’s also a beautiful medium to play with.
So after posting my weekly reading list, I found myself searching up NASA. Surprisingly, the preliminary requirements of being an astronaut isn’t that bad. Perhaps I should go back and get a maths degree?
Commander and Pilot Astronaut Duties Astronaut attired in a training version of the shuttle launch and entry garment floating in pool at NBL Astronaut Leroy Chiao in Training Pilot astronauts serve as both Space Shuttle and International Space Station commanders and pilots. During flight, the commander has onboard responsibility for the vehicle, crew, mission success and safety of flight. The pilot assists the commander in controlling and operating the vehicle. In addition, the pilot may assist in the deployment and retrieval of satellites utilizing the remote manipulator system, in extravehicular activities, and in other payload operations. Basic requirements for an Astronaut Pilot include the following: 1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, or mathematics. An advanced degree is desirable. Quality of academic preparation is important. 2. At least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Flight test experience is highly desirable. 3. Ability to pass a NASA space physical which is similar to a military or civilian flight physical and includes the following specific standards: Distant visual acuity: 20/100 or better uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 each eye. Blood pressure: 140/90 measured in a sitting position. Height between 62 and 75 inches.