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What would be my best bet for a job at NASA?

Hi there. I was wondering if one of you could help me with some questions: My ultimate dream since I was little was to be an astronaut. (aside from every 8 year old's dream of being a pop star, but that's beside the point) I've looked and researched a ton online of how to get into NASA and I realize that the odds of becoming an astronaut are slim, so no need to reiterate that. (it's 12,100,000 to 1, if you wanted to know) Anyway, I know that in order to be an astronaut you have to go to college, obviously, and major in something in the science field. Also, if you want to be a pilot, you have to have a lot of experience, and so on. The thing that I was wondering was if I went to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and learned how to fly and got a degree or something along that effect, would that make my odds of getting a job at NASA better? I read on the NASA website that if you're in the military, you get a little bit more of an edge but even more so if you're a woman, so at least I have that in my favor. I'm no cut out for the military and I'm perfectly fine with that. I was just wondering what are some things that I can do for my future to make me look more appealing for employment at NASA. If you could help me with that, that would be great. This is honestly my biggest dream and I want to do everything I can to make it more realistic. I've also read about "payload specialists" and I was wondering what exactly that is. I mean, just in case I don't meet all the physical requirements, I'd like to have another backup plan, you know? Thanks so much! Any answer is appreciated!

Asked By: karaaxo - 11/8/2012
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You say you're not cut out for the military & yet you want to be a NASA astronaut? Are you aware that being a NASA astronaut is at least as demanding, & probably more demanding, than being in the military? From NASA's Astronaut Requirements website... More
Answered By: Larry - 11/8/2012
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Position Filled. (Employment Book 2012).
Answered By: Thomas - 11/8/2012
 
To the best of my knowledge NASA has cut back on personel. Many things have been moved to the private sector and many NASA employees have moved into those jobs. So with that being said, I wouldn't retrict my search for a job just with NASA but I would also look to the private sector too.
Answered By: Einstein II - 11/8/2012
 
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