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An astronaut boards a spacecraft to fly on missions for very specific purposes. Astronauts work as part of a crew and therefore have specific responsibilities aboard the spacecraft. They help each member of their crew to maintain normal functions and to stay safe to work through the missions.

Career Options

  • • Scientist • Technician • Research expert • Mission Programmer

Educational Qualifications

  • • PCM as core subjects in +2 • Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering • Post graduation and a doctorate degree • In order to join ISRO, you need to clear the joint entrance exam conducted by IIT’s

Personal Skills

  • • You need to be physically fit
  • there are examinations
  • mentally strong and should have great stamina. • You should qualify the criterion of height
  • a particular level of height is required for people to become an astronaut. • You should possess great mathematical skills
  • and I am not talking about addition
  • multiplication etc. • You should have good communication skills
  • you must be good at English because there are very high chances that people you will be working with will not even be from your own country. • You should have a good academic career and team spirit because all the space missions are done in teams
  • and you should be able to work under high pressure and in cramped environment.

Courses to be pursued

  • • B.Tech in aerospace engineering • Ph.D. in your area of specialization • M.Phil. in your area of specialization

Top Colleges

  • IISC Bangalore Address- C V Raman Ave, Devasandra Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560012 Phone- 080 2293 2004
  • IIT Mumbai Address- IIT Area, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400076 Phone- 022 2572 2545

Working Conditions

• Health issues- Astronauts have a host of physical issues to deal with when living in microgravity. Their faces may puff up as body fluid flows upward, and they lose bone density the longer they're away from Earth's gravity. • Typical workday- Astronauts, whether on a space shuttle or the International Space Station, perform experiments during their workdays, check systems to make sure they're working properly, work with satellites and help fix broken parts of the space station • Sleep- Sleeping is an unusual feat for astronauts. The sun sets 16 times a day when they live on the ISS, so astronauts may need earplugs and eye masks to help mimic the feeling of night. Due to weightlessness, astronauts don't need to sleep on a mattress; a bed feels the same as the floor or even a wall. • Eating- The low-gravity work environment also affects an astronaut's eating habits. Astronauts can't risk having crumbs and other dry foods floating around the ISS or shuttle and contaminating the environment, so they typically have to eat stickier foods that will stay on their forks, like oatmeal.

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