Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Now you can train like one! The skills that make astronauts are also great life skills. Read on for more info.
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For a couple of years when I was a teenager, I wanted to be an astronaut. It was a weird time to get obsessed with something like that. Little kids usually say that they want to be astronauts (or football players, or movie stars or something else that they see as larger than life). Once they’re teenagers they have a better idea of which kinds of jobs people actually get as adults. But my obsession was driven by a couple of things. The first was the movie SpaceCamp, about a group of kids who are accidentally launched into space while attending Space Camp. I saw it in the theater and was in love. I wanted to go to Space Camp, I wanted to go into space, and I wanted to kiss Tate Donavan. I wanted my life to be the movie.
Shortly after SpaceCamp, along came Our House, a TV show about a family that loses its father and moves in with Wilfred Brimley. It was hokey, but Shannen Doherty played a teen who wanted to be an astronaut. Everything she did had that one goal in mind. I moved on from SpaceCamp and became obsessed with Shannen’s character, because she didn’t go into space accidentally. In fact, she didn’t go into space at all (the show only lasted two seasons), but I loved the idea of someone my age having such a big goal and doing everything she could to achieve it.
I was very much not a big goal/work hard to get it person. I just wanted this stuff to “happen” to me. So while I was obsessed with the idea of being an astronaut, I never actually did anything about it. Astronauts always seemed to have super important and difficult careers in addition to being astronauts – doctor, engineer, etc. I wanted to be an actress. I didn’t know of any actresses in the space program. So the obsession faded, probably around the time that Our House got canceled. If I didn’t want to be a doctor who flies planes in her spare time, I wasn’t going to be an astronaut.
Space has been in the news a lot lately, since it’s gotten just a little bit more attainable with private companies trying to get tourists into space. And since I started working with a website and app called Space Nation, I’ve been thinking a lot about why adults shouldn’t give up their dreams of becoming astronauts. The characteristics that make good astronauts—intelligence, courage, ability to work together, physical stamina—are all fantastic traits for anyone to work towards. And Space Nation is going to help ordinary people strengthen their minds and bodies with the goal of actually sending someone into space!
What? Yeah, seriously. Average people are going to be able to train like an astronaut in the hope of actually becoming one. Want to know more? I’ll be co-hosting a Twitter party on Wednesday from 8-9pm EST about Winning At Life with Astronaut Skills! Just follow the Space Nation Orbit Twitter account and look for tweets that hour with the hashtag #OrbitLaunch. We’ll be talking about what it takes to be an astronaut, and how those skills can apply to everyday life. I hope to see you there!