Admit it or not, when you were asked by your Teacher back in third grade maybe, on what do you want to be when you grow up, before uttering teacher, architect or a doctor, your brain slow-mo into the notion of flying through space, weightless, with no gravity tying you to the Earth, you wearing your suit looking like the bubble man, being an Astronaut.
Becoming an Astronaut
As time flew by, you maybe forget that single piece of uncertainty, and completely diminished the thought, but now that you are all grown up, have it not yet resurfaced? Considering the fact that you are now thinking more maturely and practically, and you know what an Astronaut is worth?
According to some sites, starting salaries of Astronauts roughly start at $66,000 a year and can wage up to over $144,566 a year especially for seasoned astronauts. Aside from leaving the Earth for quite some time, and having the chance to float around a space station, for the time being, you get to go back on Earth with that salary. What’s bad about a little lack of gravity, yeah?
Candidates train for two years to be labeled as Astronauts and are then grouped with trained and senior astronauts for the time being of missions, to make sure that if in any case of a mishap, a more trained and knowledgeable crew is on board. Each NASA spacecraft is reported to have at least five trained astronauts on board, all with designated duties. But, as easy as this may sound, the odds of being chosen, trained, and put on board is on a ratio of 1: 6,300; and from here on, 15 are selected to be trained under their course program.
Training courses are more than looking through easy to use telescopes and range from skills to technicalities, for the crew to be able to live on space without any issue and risk.