Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Astronaut Applications

NASA is looking for a new astronaut class (they'll ride to the ISS in a Soyuz). More information is available here.

I applied in 1990 or so, but never heard back. I'm more qualified now, but I doubt that I could pass the "long duration space flight physical" after a bypass, two stents, and the development of rheumatoid arthritis.

OTOH, I have a second class medical certificate, and NASA uses an FAA medical as a pre-screen. For many years after the bypass I had a first class medical, and went on to become about the only part-time post-bypass Math Professor King Air captain in history; I'm familiar with ignoring "impossible."

So somebody please talk me out of applying again.

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At November 17, 2011 at 7:04 AM , Blogger Shepherd K said...

Go for it. They launched John Glenn when he was past his prime. Why not take the shot at it. All they can do is say no.


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