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(Washington Post)   As the possibility of going to space grows, US astronauts still don't know how they get picked to fly   (washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2020-09-18 9:34:58 PM  
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way south: It's not that mysterious.
Qualifications, the relevance of your specialization to the mission, prior experience, etc....

If you've commanded a shuttle before and you speak Russian and you happen to be a test pilot who has a bunch of engineering degrees, you'll probably end up on a dragon.
If you sleep with a stripper who has a child for another man and your only qualification is you fly an F-18, there might be a few blockers to your progress.

/I think it's more interesting that we have so many astronauts-in-name-only.
/they're really just training candidates. Give them some other name.


Astro-nots.
 
2020-09-18 9:33:55 PM  
2 votes:
It's not that mysterious.
Qualifications, the relevance of your specialization to the mission, prior experience, etc....

If you've commanded a shuttle before and you speak Russian and you happen to be a test pilot who has a bunch of engineering degrees, you'll probably end up on a dragon.
If you sleep with a stripper who has a child for another man and your only qualification is you fly an F-18, there might be a few blockers to your progress.

/I think it's more interesting that we have so many astronauts-in-name-only.
/they're really just training candidates. Give them some other name.
 
2020-09-18 11:54:10 PM  
1 vote:
They don't so much fly as plummet.

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