The term “astronaut” which is from the Greek words meaning, “space sailor,” refers to all those that have been launched as crew members aboard NASA spacecraft bound for orbit and beyond.
While we are in school, the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” is asked of us repeatedly, and during our younger years the answers that we supply can change daily. One career that many children love to imagine is that of being an astronaut.
It is often laughed off, so sweet but unattainable. Space feels just so far away, and even photographs of what exists beyond earth’s realms can leave us speechless.
But why is it so difficult to imagine becoming an astronaut? Many do achieve the dream….. so just what does it take?
We are going to start by looking at a few facts about space and astronaut training;
- Training of an astronaut is a case of blood sweat and tears.
Adventurers train at the Johnson’s Space Centre, the process is competitive and intense and lasts for 2 years.
- We complain that some cars appear to drink petrol? A rocket is far worse!
“It takes more than 500,000 gallons of fuel to get a rocket into orbit.” Wow! We could travel all over the world with that much fuel!