- Passionate about space (check)
- Meet basic age, height, weight, and vision requirements (check)
- Generally high level of fitness and athletic experience (check)
- Eagle Scout and community leadership involvement (check)
- Good communicator and public educator (check)
- Expeditions in extreme environments experience (check)
- Technical operations with high stakes decision-making experience (check)
- Earned multiple science or engineering degrees in different fields (check)
- SCUBA diving experience (check, although not much)
- Military experience (no)
- Private Pilot Certificate (no, although much informal pilot experience)
- Earned doctorate degree or equivalent (no, almost finished the Ph.D.)
I've blogged previously on how difficult it is to be selected as a NASA astronaut. The following plot shows this year's astronaut selectivity with NASA's new Ares I launch vehicle for scale (click to make larger). I'm proud to have made it within the top 13%. Now, NASA is focusing its attention on the top 3% who are being interviewed through the end of this month.
In other news, please mark your calendars for 10:30am-12:30pm Pacific time on Friday, January 23. I'm going to be the guest on The Space Show. Our main topic of discussion will be my analysis of the ISU and UND Space Studies masters programs. I believe we'll be taking callers with questions too.
Also, stay tuned for a couple of really interesting upcoming posts with complete astronaut statistics as well as how an environmentalist can reconcile with the pollution caused by space travel.