Orbinaut Pete
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  • Yup, that's me. :)

    I originally Tweeted that message to Paolo Nespoli, who's launching to the ISS next week. ESA then Retweeted my Tweet, because they probably thought it was a good PR message.

    Thanks for noticing! :cheers:
    you're space_pete on Twitter right?

    What's that with you and ESA?:

    RT @Space_Pete: @Astro_Paolo you're going to be on ISS during many great European events - PMM berthing, ATV docking, and AMS-02! Good luck!

    just curious :p

    Hey Pete! Just wanted to take the time to say thanks for all the news posts you scatter about the forums! reading them really makes the day more interesting!
    Ah COOL, thanks for noticing - I didn't! :cheers:
    Wow, I can't believe I'm at 2k already – it only took me 1 year 10 months!!! :thumbup:
    To answer that question, here are some useful links for you:

    NASA - Astronaut Selection.

    ESA - Astronaut Info.

    ESA - Astronaut Selection.

    As a minimum, you're looking at:
    . Good physical health.
    . A Masters Degree in a technical field.
    . At least 3 years experience working in a technical field.
    Piloting skills are desirable, but not required.
    NASA will fly people to the ISS until 2020, just as they have been doing for the last 10 years.

    The only thing that is different now is the vehicle they will use to get there.
    Instead of launching on Shuttle & Orion, they will now launch on Soyuz and commercially developed crew transportation vehicles, such as Dragon, Cygnus, and Dream Chaser.

    And when the ISS ends in 2020?
    Well, who knows.
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