Astronaut, July 2017 - February 2018 (CV Replica)

So I was watching a load of back-to-back Big Bang Theory episodes, and you know the ones where Howard is in space? Well I was thinking about how cool that would be, and I now want to be an astronaut. Maybe not as a life time occupation, but just something to out on my CV, you know?

But, as I hopefully checked over the NASA website, I couldn't help but notice that there are a few limits as to who can join.

"Mission Applicants for the Astronaut Candidate Program must be citizens of the United States."
Now this I could do. I would quite happily buy a house or two in the US if it means I can float into space.

"Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, or mathematics. An advanced degree is desirable. Quality of academic preparation is important."
Appart from the fact that I have no interest in getting a PHD or MA for any of those subjects, I guess I could devote a few years (I looked it up, the PHD I would want takes at least 36 months) to what I would inevitably call 'Astronaut Training'.

"At least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. Flight test experience is highly desirable."
I could fly a plane. You know in the film Yes Man where he signs up to flight lessons, and can fly solo by the end of the film? He made it look so easy. Pfft, I could so do that.

"Ability to pass a NASA space physical which is similar to a military or civilian flight physical and includes the following specific standards:

  • Distant visual acuity: 20/100 or better uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 each eye."
I guess I could have laser eye surgery, although Final Destination has freaked me out a tad.

  • "Blood pressure: 140/90 measured in a sitting position."
Mine is about 120/80, but I guess I could find a trauma to go through to get it up a bit. 

  • "Height between 62 and 75 inches."
I just checked, and I'm 66 inches. *dances*

^May or may not be a 100% accurate photo representation of me on the moon.

I am now fully convinced that I'm going to be an astronaut for a few years, even if it only means that I can have a cool Facebook header of me on the moon.

*I'm not quite sure what this post was going to be, so I just went with it, and I don't understand what it means*

And the moral of that post was *thinks*, reach for the stars.



  1. OH MY WORD I LOVE IT! "And the moral is.... reach for the stars" I honestly can't tell if you're being serious or not, whoops. But keep dreaming!

  2. virgin are releasing a thing where if you pay $100,000 then you can go into space.

    1. Are they? That might be a bit easier than doing a five-year course.....