>be me, a 23 year old autodidact who has successfully taught himself to very efficiently use LISP, Python,C, and C++ in the course of a little under a year
>have very serious aspirations of becoming an astronaut
>no formal college education
is it possible to stay on this self taught computer science route and one day,(10 years or so) become an astronaut?
Afaik in the US you need at least one degree in physics/astrophysics/aerospace engineering or a related field, preferable also a PhD, as well as practical flying experience and certification (probably under the military, but I'm not sure if that's still a requirement), not to speak of peak physical fitness.
So no, it's not going to happen.
you need a STEM bachelors and at least 3 years relevant work experience
you're never going to be an astronaut if you don't even know how to use fucking google
all things considered these requirements aren't that hard though, so you should probably have something that makes you stand out as well
>all things considered these requirements aren't that hard though,
>1000 hours jet-craft flight
And you have to keep in mind, that's just the application requirements. You still have to out-compete thousands of other's submissions.
nah thats the pilot astronaut, the mission specialists don't need the flight time
i've actually been thinking about applying myself, I meet a couple of these requirements, but obviously not for a few years, and i'd need to get a US citizenship first.
my plan is to learn russian and get a scuba diving qualification, i know those are 2 things they teach you in the training program.
Go to college. Join the military. They aren't going to take someone off the street.
Just to be considered a candidate, at least in the US, you need to have a college degree and tons of experience.
>Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics.
>At least 3 years of related, progressively responsible, professional experience obtained after degree completion OR at least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. An advanced degree is desirable and may be substituted for experience as follows: master's degree = 1 year of experience, doctoral degree = 3 years of experience.
>Ability to pass the NASA long-duration astronaut physical, which includes the following specific requirements: Distant and near visual acuity must be correctable to 20/20, each eye. The use of glasses is acceptable.
>Since all crewmembers will be expected to fly aboard a specific spacecraft vehicle and perform EVA activities (spacewalks), applicants must meet the anthropometric requirements for both the specific spacecraft vehicle and the EVA mobility unit (spacesuit). Applicants brought in for an interview will be evaluated to ensure they meet the anthropometric requirements.
And that's just to *apply.* They won't even interview you unless you're highly qualified. Most people who become astronauts are long-standing military personnel, which is why most have titles.
You'll also have to do 2 years of extensive training and pass physical tests immediately after applying. Frequent travel is required, too.