Prepare for Launch

The Astronaut Training Process

  • Erik Seedhouse

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Astronaut Selection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 3-13
    3. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 15-23
    4. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 25-46
  3. Preparing for Life in Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 49-78
    3. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 79-91
    4. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 93-126
    5. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 127-172
    6. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 173-196
  4. Preparing for Launch

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 199-212
    3. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 213-224
    4. Erik Seedhouse
      Pages 225-242
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 243-246

About this book


To be an astronaut is the dream of thousands of young - and not so young - people. But is the life as glamorous as we think it is? First, each applicant must navigate a protracted application and selection process, submit to lengthy medicals, take dozens of aptitude tests, and face an interview panel. If successful, the wannabe spacefarer is then subjected to a guantlet of instruction. From being strapped into centrifuges to experiencing microgravity onboard NASA's aptly named 'vomit comet,' the astronaut candidate's (Ascan) trainging is as relentless as it is arduous. In addtion to covering more than two hundred classroom subjects, as Ascan will complete over fifteen hundred hours of instruction, including training in high-performance jets, sea survival, emergency evacuation preparation, and surgery in microgravity. Prepare for Launch provides a unique insight into the astronaut application, selection, and training process. It chronicles the intense, highly technical and sophisticated training necessary to forge a flight crew capable of responding to any conceivable emergency and capable of expertly executing hundreds of mission tasks. This book uniquely explores the preparation required to apply and train for the most challenging and demanding job in the world.


Astronaut selection campaign Astronaut training Becoming an astronaut Manned spaceflight Outer Planets Mission training Multi-year Mars mission Spaceflight procedures Training life space Virtual environment training Weightless environment training facility dynamics moon space spaceflight

Authors and affiliations

  • Erik Seedhouse
    • 1
  1. 1.MiltonCanada

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