Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentOther - Politics & Government · 9 months ago

Theoretically, would NASA steer away from an astronaut applicant with government Intelligence experience?

This is an "out there" question, but let's say hypothetically, there's a guy who is fairly serious about at least applying for the astronaut corps in the next 15-20 years (why not?). Let's say this guy's area of interest mostly lies in Human sciences, and psychology, and he's fairly patriotic as well. So this guy is planning on serving in the military, and hoping to go into Intelligence, PSYOPs, possibly airborne cryptography, etc, and is also curious about trying to spend at least some time in federal agencies both studying human and behavioral sciences, but also applying them in the field. Let's say theoretically this individual is able to forge a career path that involves requisite and competetive experience for applying for the space program, in terms of research, military experience, personal development, skills acquisition, etc. Would having intelligence experience bar you from becoming an astronaut? I ask because there are organizations such as the peace corps which DO NOT allow those with such experience to serve, as it conflicts with the image they wish to display both to the public and to partner countries. Would similar issues of "integrity" arise in astronaut selection?

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  • Foofa
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    8 months ago

    Astronauts are amongst the most highly educated individuals, so no.

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  • 9 months ago

    Why on earth do we need psychologists in space? (no pun intended).

    I mean, my point is, when we send astronauts into space, they need to have skills that would be beneficial for the mission. We have limited space in spaceships (no pun intended again). And so they're not going to fill that limited space and spend a couple million bucks to ship them up there when that spot could go to somebody with more useful skills besides psychoanalyzing the fellow passengers. Like, you know, astrophysicists, chemists, microbiologists, and if we still need them, maybe even a pilot. But a psychologist?? What the eff do we need those for in space? To study all the intelligent life out there, we've never found???

    • Rowan9 months agoReport

      You do realize that a) human sciences include psychology, physiology, neuroscience and biology right? Long-duration spaceflight will NECESSITATE real-time psychological evaluation and preventative science. Also, every astronaut is just someone who can be TRAINED on everything spaceflight oriented

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