"Applicant must have been on 4 Moon missions or equivalent"
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched an astronaut recruitment drive last week with reduced academic requirements as it seeks to diversify and refresh the nation's corps of space travelers. JAXA last recruited astronauts in 2008. Back then, applicants required a four-year university degree in science or …
Yes, I always thought there would be rapid progress that would lead to spaceflight becoming routine, the unfulfilled promise of HOTOL. And that one day I would board a scheduled flight beyond the atmosphere and witness a very special view of our planet.
Alas progress has been slow. I achieved 60,000 feet. My children might get to see something close to the dream toward the end of the century. And no, the Bezos and Branson versions are not the real deal.