Our journey into space starts behind a mousy-grey, wire-mesh fence. It’s 7am and we’re at the entrance tothe Lyndon B Johnson Space Center, an hour’s drive south of Houston. A series of massive, faceless buildings and a network of never-ending link roads, there is little to suggest that here on the Gulf Coast of the United States they are pushing back the frontiers of human experience.
For five decades now, the NASA astronaut corps – currently 30 men and 14 women – have been learning how to survive in space here, supported by a 3,200- strong team of technicians and engineers. There is almost nowhere else on Earth where so many highly qualified people work together to solve such complex problems. Almost nowhere else does one learn so much about teamwork, self-belief, fear and taking the initiative.
The Red Bulletin spent three days talking to veterans, instructors and the high-flyers of the current crop of astronauts. The result: a NASA guide to space that also delivers expert tips for how to live life on Earth.
Find out, what it needs to get onto the team. A guideline in four easy steps included. And did you know that an astronaut’s secret weapon against panic is wiggling your toes? Chief of the astronaut office, Chris Cassidy, has the answers to your questions.
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Once you think you meet all the requirements, the real challenge begins: You will have to step over your comfort zone and go to the job interview. Victor Glover, who was chosen from 6,000 astronaut applicants, reveals his experiences and explains how to deal with uncomfortable questions. He even had to write a poem during the application process.
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Tom Marshburn has already spent 161 days in space. He knows a thing or two about the most important rules on bord. One would probably think about extreme situations as shown in Sci-Fi films, but teamwork and dealing with arguments is more important on a daily basis. Rule #1: make sure your colleagues don’t have to clean up after you…
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NASA hopes to send the first astronauts to Mars in the 2030s. However, this needs a lot of preparation, and also research on how the body withstands weightlessness for so long. Red Wiseman – who has already spent 165 days in space – explains how astronauts work out to face the physical challenges.
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