Astronaut Selection Hints

No one other than science teachers, Star Trek fans, and documentary filmmakers much cares what the astronauts actually do in space. "Looking at stars, pissing in jars" is the snide catchphrase for astronaut work that you hear at Kennedy [Space Center].

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If you want to be an astronaut, the best thing you can do is read about the people who made it. And, of course, there is the official NASA jobs web site.
Listen
The second best thing you can do to improve your chances is join the AsHo mailing list. ("AsHo" = "astronaut hopful.") See:
http://www.ashos.org/
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    These are some hints I picked up in my readings.

For history buffs:
Cited Sources
  1. Burrough, Bryan. Dragonfly. New York: HarperCollins, 1998.
        
    a  p.5  b  p.349
  2. Cooper, Henry S. F. Before Lift-Off. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins, 1987.
        
    a  pp.3-4  b  p.19  c  p.21
  3. Gandt, Robert. Bogeys and Bandits: The Making of a Fighter Pilot. New York: Penguin, 1997.
        
    a  p.186
  4. Dallek, Robert. An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy 1917-1963. Boston: Little, Brown, 2003.
        
    a  p.502  b  p.394
  5. Wolfe, Tom. The Right Stuff. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1979.
        
    a  p.99  b  p.412
  6. Collins, Michael. Carrying the Fire. New York: Ballantine, 1974.
        
    a  p.???
  7. Schirra, Walter M. Schirra's Space. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1988.
        
    a  p.225
  8. Slayton, Donald K. Deke!: U.S. Manned Space Flight from Mercury to the Shuttle. New York: Forge: St Martin's Press, 1994.
        
    a  p.313
  9. Swenson, Lloyd S. Jr., et al. This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury. Washington: US Government Printing Office, 1966.
        
    a  p.130

    Comment: Full text is available on-line at: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/SP-4201/toc.htm

  10. Grissom, Betty. Starfall. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1974.
        
    a  pp.52-53