A is for Astronaut

A is for… Astronaut!

Mae Jemison (photo credit: NASA on The Commons)

This is Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first woman of color in space. Described by NASA as “the first African-American astronaut,” she first entered space in 1992 aboard the space shuttle Endeavour as a mission specialist. She originally completed her astronaut training in 1988, after being chosen for the space program in 1987.

She left the agency in 1993 to accept a teaching fellowship at Dartmouth, and later went on to found both the Jemison Group and 100 Year Starship, an organization that seeks to enable the capability for interstellar human space flight by 2112.

You can follow her on Twitter @maejemison.

Being an astronaut requires a lot of hard work and studying, as well as physical stamina and training. Indeed, NASA’s Astronaut Requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering, a biological science, physical science, or mathematics;
  • At least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft; and
  • The ability to pass the space physical – which includes the additional requirements of 20/100 or better uncorrected vision, blood pressure 140/90, and a height between 62 and 75 inches (5’1″ to 6’9″).

But, let’s face it… it’s got to be pretty cool to be able to do this at work:

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor (photo credit: NASA on The Commons)

Want to become an astronaut? Read more about the Astronaut Selection Program, and the other International Space Agencies around the world (not to mention SpaceX, which just made history by launching and landing a used rocket on March 30!), along with these brief articles.

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Other Awesome Jobs That Start With A

  • Actor
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Archeologist
  • Architect
  • Artist
  • Athlete
  • Author
  • Aviator

Want to learn about even more cool jobs?

Pre-order the book, World’s Coolest Jobs, a collection of all the coolest jobs you never knew existed. On sale September 1, 2017.

A to Z Challenge – Theme Reveal: Explore some of the World’s Coolest Jobs

Hi! My name is Laura, and I write books for kids. YA books, to be more specific. Nonfiction books about cool jobs, to be exact.

So far I’ve written two books about cool jobs for ReferencePoint Press, a San Diego educational publisher. My first book, Careers in Gaming, debuted in January of this year, and my second book, Careers in Digital Media, is coming this fall. I’m currently working on a third book, called Careers If You Like Music, for the same publisher.

Since I started writing about all of these interesting jobs people have in the video game industry, the world of digital media, and the ever-changing music industry, I asked myself: what do all of these jobs have in common?

The answer is simple: they’re all super cool!

Now, I know you are probably thinking, “But, Laura, how can work be cool?” And that’s a good question!

Here’s what I think: if you find a job you really love, it will never feel like work. There’s even a saying that has been attributed to everyone from Confucius to Mark Twain to Marc Anthony:

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

So what does that mean?

It means you need to find one of the World’s Coolest Jobs, so you’ll be able to wake up every day excited to go to work!

And how do you do that?

Just follow along as I take you on a quick tour of 26 awesome jobs, from A to Z, during the month of April. I’ll be posting about my first Cool Job – which starts with the letter A – on April 1st.

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See you on April 1st!

-Laura®

P.S. If you’d like to play along on the A to Z Challenge at your own blog, check out the challenge’s website to find out more!