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JOB DESCRIPTION: Astronauts work as part of a crew onboard a spacecraft. In order to go into space they must undertake a long period of training and preparation. This includes passing physical tests, as well as academic and mental exams. The responsibilities of an astronaut can vary depending on the mission. For example, pilot, mission commander, or mission specialist. Astronauts help to ensure that the spacecraft and it’s crew are safe. They are also tasked with observing the environment they are flying to.
In order to be an astronaut, it helps to have a degree in a space-related subject such as maths, science or engineering. You also need to have flying experience.
FAMOUS ASTRONOMERS: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Sally Ride, Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova.