NASA space boot camp

NASA space boot camp

words: andreas rottenschlager
photography: justin bastien

Since 1961, NASA astronauts have been training at the Johnson Space Center in Texas for the greatest adventure any human being can undertake: surviving in space. The Red Bulletin visits space boot camp to quiz NASA’s experts.

Find out what it takes 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, reveals all.

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the fleet

Ellington Air Field near Houston is where NASA maintains its 20 T-38 supersonic training jets. Astronauts have to fly at least four hours per month to hone their decision-making skills in stress situations.

2. How to prepare for your first journey into space (or: how to get through the job interviews)

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.

Read Victor’s poem and find out more below: 


3. How to survive in space

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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A 363-foot-tall Saturn V rocket at the Rocket Park Museum in Houston. The largest rockets ever built by NASA took 24 astronauts to the moon and back between 1968 and 1972. 


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. Reid Wiseman – who has already spent 165 days in space – explains how astronauts work out to face the physical challenges.

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