So a few months ago I was reading Gizmodo and they had this article that talked about how NASA was accepting applications for the new astronaut corp. And I was thinking it was probably right when it said “Spoiler: you probably aren’t qualified.”
Then sure enough, a few hours later I get a message from my wife telling me she has applied to be an Astronaut.
See that there. That was my reaction too.
Then I actually took the time to read through the qualifications and requirements and it hit me. She is qualified. And then I though. my wife could be a freaking ASTRONAUT. How cool would that be? Granted it is a long difficult application process let alone training program and what have you but this would be so awesome. Talk about having the right stuff. She’s got a PHd. She has practical experience when it comes to experiments in space. (Having just recently completed some data analysis on samples that came back from in orbit.) She’s fun, smart, dedicated, and kind of goofy. So she would be a perfect modern day scientific geek hero.
I might be a little worried about her dropping a screwdriver or wrench while dangling on a rope a few miles above the earth. (assuming she actually went to space, as not all astronauts do. Not to mention the tools are magnetic for a reason) However I am totally up for her doing this and support her whole heartedly. Also it has the benefit of me never being asked to do the whole “Bring your parent to school day”
So congrats on applying Katie and I wish you godspeed for the first time and hopefully not the last.