30 Special Skills You Need to Become an Astronaut

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11. Exceptional multi-tasking skills

Astronauts are the ultimate multi-taskers. While in space, astronauts are required to do such things as performing experiments, helping to operate the International Space Station, and maintaining equipment.

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12. Learning Russian

Much of the interaction between astronauts in the International Space Station will involve communication with Russian space travelers, so astronauts have to learn the Russian language.

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13. Having good eyesight

Like airline pilots, astronauts have to have 20/20 vision, though applicants won’t be disqualified if they have 20/20 vision aided by eyeglasses. Aspiring astronauts who have surgery to correct their vision to 20/20 have to wait at least a year after surgical procedure before training starts.

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14. Getting along with people in cramped quarters

Astronauts spend prolonged amounts of time in space — and in tight quarters — so when they are interviewed by the NASA committee, they have to demonstrate that they can get along well with others.

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15. Being the right height

Astronaut candidates have to be between 5′ 2″ and 6′ 2″ to fit in a space capsule that can be a cramped space..