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How do I become an astronaut?
What does everyday work look like?
07:00 a.m.Your day on the space station starts early with the wake-up call. You unbuckle yourself from the straps of your bed on the wall and take care of your personal hygiene first. To save water, freshen up with a damp cloth. You also change your clothes and throw the old one in the trash, as there is no washing machine.
07:50 amThe first of three daily meals is on the schedule. You will have a couple of slices of bread today. The consistency of these reminds you of flat cakes, because there must not be any crumbs that could damage or clog the appliances inside. That's why you drink your coffee through a straw.
8:45 a.m.You appear on time for the conference with the six-person crew. One after the other you will contact the respective ground stations of the USA (NASA), Russia (Roscosmos), Europe (ESA) and Japan (Jaxa). You will receive detailed information on the upcoming projects and experiments.
9.15 a.m.Before you tackle your first job, you first have to do a lot of sport. Because of the weightlessness, your muscles break down very quickly. Therefore, you swing on the exercise bike and pedal a few kilometers. You also go to the treadmill, where springs press you left and right on the surface.
10:30 amNow you start with the practical work. As part of your ongoing biochemical study, you are investigating how your immune system and hormone levels change when you are in space. Because on the ISS you are exposed to special stress factors such as isolation, workload and sleep disorders. This can lead to allergies or autoimmune diseases.
13:00 'O clockYou have successfully put the morning behind you. Now it's time for a lunch break. You take your food out of a can. Today it contains tuna with rice in a cream sauce. Everything is heavily spiced, because the weightlessness means that you have less taste sensation than with a strong cold.
14:00 clockThe second sports unit of the day is on the program. You go to a strength machine, on which you train different muscle groups using a cable pull. The main thing now is to strengthen your upper body.
3:15 p.m.In the afternoon you will test a self-moving robot with artificial intelligence that will assist the crew on future missions as an everyday helper. You can access databases and other documents via voice control and record a stream of yourself.
6:00 p.m.The last big and warm meal of the day is waiting for you. There are several ready meals to choose from, which you can moisten and then heat up. Today you choose cheese spaetzle. These and all other dishes are extra sticky and sticky due to the addition of gelatine, so that it is easier for you to bring them to your mouth with the cutlery.
7:00 p.m.The day is almost over. Your last official act is the renewed conference and meeting with the ground stations. You will gradually report on the experiments carried out, the results obtained and problems encountered. Then you can retreat to your private bedroom.
10:25 p.m.After talking to friends on the phone on your laptop, it is slowly time to go to sleep. Because almost 9 hours of sleep are a must for you in order to cope with the exertion on the space station in the long run.
- High School; University entrance qualification
- Physical characteristics such as minimum size and good eyesight
- Nerve strength
- Adventure & thirst for research
- All-round skills
What does an astronaut do?
What are the job prospects?
Only 534 people have flown into space since space travel began. Only six astronauts live together on the ISS for about half a year. This profession is accordingly exclusive. If you manage to meet the requirements in the ESA selection process and start your training, you have already left several thousand competitors behind you. Then your chances are good that you will be on the launch pad in a few years. However, the European Space Agency only looks for new recruits every few years.
What qualities should I have?
- Scientific understanding
How does the training to become an astronaut work?
- Qualification through selection process and training over several years
- Working and living in space
- Pay corresponds to academic employees in the public service
- Well-timed working day with fixed processes
- Rehabilitation measures after each use in space
Did you already know, that ...
- ... a famous conspiracy theory says that the Americans were never actually on the moon, but instead staged the landing in a film studio? Hollywood legend Stanley Kubrick is said to have directed it. This was the only way he got the particularly high quality camera lenses from NASA for his subsequent film “Barry Lyndon”, with which he could only shoot a scene by candlelight.
- ... astronauts pee on one of the rear tires of the bus that takes them to the runway before take off? Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space, did this before his departure and since then it has been a ritual that is supposed to bring good luck for a safe return home.
- ... astronauts in America and Europe, cosmonauts in Russia and taikonauts in China?
These celebrities are astronauts too
Alexander “Astro-Alex” Gerst, whom hardly anyone knew until a few years ago, is now a popular topic in the media. Because in the second half of 2018 he was the first German commander to lead the fortunes of the International Space Station (ISS). (Image: NASA / James Blair / Public Domain (via Wikimedia Commons))
Yuri Gagarin went down in history as the first man in space. With this technological masterpiece, the Soviet Union once again shocked the USA and the Western world after the Russians had launched the first satellite called Sputnik into orbit a few years earlier. (Image: SAS Scandinavian Airlines / Public Domain (via Wikimedia Commons))
The first man on the moon - In 1969, hundreds of millions of people watched TV as US - American Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon. With the words “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” he made himself immortal. (Image: Pixabay)
What speaks for the job
- You get the opportunity to see the earth from a completely new perspective
- You are doing important research that can advance humanity
- Even in old age, nothing stands in the way of space travel, as long as your physical condition meets the requirements
What speaks against the job
- Only a few pass the selection process and get the chance to really travel into space
- You spend several months in a row in a confined space with other people and are separated from your family and friends
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