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Rachel Reese

June 3, 2010


Rachel Reese

June 3, 2010



The education required to become an astronaut includes a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physical sciences, biological sciences, or engineering. Then it is required to gain three years of related experience after obtaining a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree equals one year of experience and a doctorate equals three years.


When Math Is Used: 

Astronauts use math in order to make precise mathematical calculations, from how the spacecraft leaves Earth's atmosphere to how the astronauts pilot the craft. Designers use math to calculate distance, speed, velocity, and their own safety when creating space-faring vehicles.

Math Required: 

-College-Algebra-Trigonometry-Calculus I, II, II-Ordinary Differential Equations-Linear Algebra


The Ideal Astronaut

Space exploration is one of the most demanding situations humans must face.

It requires individuals who are:

-capable of dealing with isolation from family and friends

-cramped and crowded living conditions

-incredible pressure to succeed and extreme danger

Maintaining a positive mentality and a healthy outlook through this is extremely difficult for astronauts. Because of this, astronaut selection is critically important to ensure the success of a mission.


Potential Employers: 

Most U.S. astronauts work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). They live and train at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston.


On the Job


There are three main types of astronauts: mission specialist, payload specialist and the pilot or commander.


Robert L. Stewart

NASA AstronautBA Math U. of Southern Mississippi

"It should be evident that each step in my career has rested on a firm foundation in mathematics. For me, the study of mathematics was the key that opened the doors to the universe."


With the science field constantly expanding with new discoveries and inventions, job opportunitiesare expected to increase over the next 10 years.


The End.


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Board, The College. Book of Majors 2009. Astronaut. New York: College Board, 2008. Print.