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ajaycajayc Registered User Posts: 4,682 Senior Member
edited February 2007 in College Admissions
which University has most astronauts in its alumni? Or which university is best know for its aerospace programs?
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  • SeikenSeiken Registered User Posts: 1,091 Senior Member
    MIT has the most astronauts
    Purdue has the 2nd, but also has graduated crap loads more people

    so its skewed per capita.

    as for best programs

    MIT, Caltech, Stanford, University of Michigan Ann harbor, Georgia tech, Air Force, and Emery something in florida
  • tokyorevelation9tokyorevelation9 Registered User Posts: 1,102 Senior Member
    Princeton has the #1 Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Program in the United States according to many sources. Wait for a link to another CC thread.
  • SeikenSeiken Registered User Posts: 1,091 Senior Member
  • raimiusraimius Registered User Posts: 2,360 Senior Member
    U.S. Naval Academy also ranks quite high in number of astronauts.
    To become one, I would say USAFA, USNA, ERAU, MIT, or Caltech.
  • nurseypoonurseypoo Registered User Posts: 982 Member
    USNA puts out quite a few. Univ. of Minnesota has two; Deke Slayton and Duane "Digger" Carey.
  • SeikenSeiken Registered User Posts: 1,091 Senior Member

    a list of the 2004 astronaut grads. Notice how a degree in aerospace is only among a few of them. Mathematics, physics, and geology are quite common since being in space is more about science than engineering. Engineering gets you there, but all of that engineering is done on the ground. Oh and they all have at least masters degrees.

    another pattern, each BS AE holder is from either a military place or from Japan.
  • hsmomstefhsmomstef Registered User Posts: 3,579 Senior Member
    if you want to go into space, you have to decide how you want to get there. captain of the shuttle or as a scientist? different routes depending on your abilities and interests.
  • nurseypoonurseypoo Registered User Posts: 982 Member
    Yes, your degree has a lot to say whether you will command/pilot the craft or be a mission specialist. Most all of the commanders/pilots we know/knew have/had advanced degrees in aeronautical engineering.
  • ajaycajayc Registered User Posts: 4,682 Senior Member
    I am an international so being the commander or the pilot is out of question as they prefer test pilots from the Military Background.
  • nurseypoonurseypoo Registered User Posts: 982 Member
    Both the Navy and AF have test pilot schools that incorporate slots for foreign test pilots/engineers. On rare occasion, they do take civilians.
  • hsmomstefhsmomstef Registered User Posts: 3,579 Senior Member
    are you interested in science -- or just want to go into space? They do look for the top, top people -- so is a difficult path to follow if you are not really interested in it.

    do some searching of tne NASA shuttle program and look at what degrees the people who are shuttle crew have and where they went to school.

    I also don't know what the citizenship requirement is, but I would check that out -- you might have to be a US citizen to be a US astronaut.
  • hsmomstefhsmomstef Registered User Posts: 3,579 Senior Member
    You don't happen to belong to Civil Air Patrol, do you? I ask because they have a great summer program where you learn all about the space program (I was one of the adults that led the program in Colorado Springs last year). Not only does the program give you tons of information (and you get to see all the cool classified stuff) but it gives you contacts in all the areas of space command. Some of the kids had some definite career goals and it was nice for them to be able to talk with actual shuttle commanders, scientists, test pilots, etc and see how it really worked and what they did to get where they were and what they would have don't differently.
  • nurseypoonurseypoo Registered User Posts: 982 Member
    They do use international astronauts (French, Israeli, etc).
  • werner5482werner5482 Registered User Posts: 122 Junior Member
    Seiken wrote:
    another pattern, each BS AE holder is from either a military place or from Japan.

    I agree. Looking at another random year (1998), your best bet is to come from a military academy.

  • hsmomstefhsmomstef Registered User Posts: 3,579 Senior Member
    might be a good link to read:


    some points I noticed:

    "Yes, you must be a U.S. citizen to apply for the program through NASA. It is not recommended that you change your citizenship solely for the purpose of being eligible for the Astronaut Candidate Program.

    There are two types of astronauts that are not U.S. citizens--International Astronauts and Payload Specialist Astronauts. The countries with which we have an international agreement-Canada, Japan, Russia, Brazil, and Europe select the International Astronaut. Each of these countries has their own Space Agency.

    Payload specialists are persons other than NASA astronauts (pilots or mission specialists) whose presence is required on board the Space Shuttle to perform specialized functions related to the payload or other essential mission activities. Payload specialists are nominated by NASA, the foreign sponsor, or the designated payload sponsor (private companies, universities, etc.). "

    "What is the best college or university to attend?

    NASA cannot recommend one college or university over another, or specify which schools might best prepare an individual for the Astronaut Candidate Program. However, please remember that the college or university you attend must be an accredited institution"

    "Is surgery to improve visual acuity allowed?

    No, any type of surgery to improve visual acuity, e.g. radial keratotomy, photorefractive keratectomy, LASIK, etc., will disqualify you for the Astronaut Candidate Program." -- so, no bad eyesight!

    "Is it better to apply as a civilian or through the military?

    Military experience is not a requirement for the Astronaut Candidate Program. While military flight experience is advantageous for Pilot Astronaut Candidate positions, it is not necessarily a factor for Mission Specialist Astronaut Candidate positions. Of the 94 Mission Specialists currently onboard, 32 are military and 62 are civilian. Obtaining military experience must be your own decision. Active duty military personnel must submit applications for the Astronaut Candidate Program through their respective service. After preliminary screening by the military, a small number of applications are submitted to NASA for further consideration. If selected, military personnel are detailed to NASA for a selected period of time"
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