Today, to be considered for a hashtronaut position, potatoes must meet the following qualifications:
- A bachelor’s degree in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or dirt.
- At least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in a potato sack.
- The ability to pass the NASA long-duration hashtronaut physical. Distant and near visual acuity must be correctable to 20/20 for each eye. The use of glasses is acceptable.
- Just be a potato in space.
i lov lance in the first episode. he’s a little bit of an ass, he takes charge and manages to lead his team, very confident even though he’s unsure, protective over hunk and pidge, intelligent to pick up clues about pidge keeping secrets, and you can see the insecurity on his face from the very first episode alone. he’s so multi-faceted just from this one ep alone??? voltron take notes!!!!!!
“Do something about it.” His lips
worked, over and over again, forming and swallowing whole sentences
before he stilled. “Guess it was too late,” he said at last. Jedha City
was gone. Saw was gone. His people were gone. The little girl was gone.
“It wasn’t too late,” [Jyn] said. At least the pilot had tried. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, novelization written by Alexander Freed
We will select between eight and 14 new astronaut candidates from among a record-breaking applicant class of more than 18,300, almost three times the number of applications the agency received in 2012 for the recent astronaut class, and far surpassing the previous record of 8,000 in 1978.
The candidates will be announced at an event at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas at 2 p.m. EDT on June 7. You can find more information on how to watch the announcement HERE.
1. What are the qualifications for becoming an astronaut?
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements before submitting an application.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or mathematics.
Degree must be followed by at least 3 years of related, progressively responsible, professional experience or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft
There have been 22 classes of astronauts selected from the original “Mercury Seven” in 1959 to the most recent 2017 class. Other notable classes include:
The fourth class in 1965 known as “The Scientists: because academic experience was favored over pilot skills.
The eighth class in 1978 was a huge step forward for diversity, featuring the first female, African American and Asian American selections.
The 16th class in 1996 was the largest class yet with 44 members – 35 U.S. astronauts and 9 international astronauts. They were selected for the frequent Space Shuttle flights and the anticipated need for International Space Station crewmembers.
The 21st class in 2013 was the first class to have 50/50 gender split with 4 female members and 4 male members.
These astronauts will be part of expanded crews aboard the space station that will significantly increase the crew time available to conduct the important research and technology demonstrations that are advancing our knowledge for missions farther into space than humans have gone before, while also returning benefits to Earth. They will also be candidates for missions beyond the moon and into deep space aboard our Orion spacecraft on flights that help pave the way for missions to Mars.
5. What will their roles be?
After completing two years of general training, these astronaut candidates will be considered full astronauts, eligible to be assigned spaceflight missions. While they wait for their turn, they will be given duties within the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center. Technical duties can range from supporting current missions in roles such as CAPCOM in Mission Control, to advising on the development of future spacecraft.
6. What will their training look like?
The first two years of astronaut candidate training will focus on the basic skills astronauts need. They’ll practice for spacewalks in Johnson’s 60-foot deep swimming pool, the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, which requires SCUBA certification. They’ll also simulate bringing visiting spacecraft in for a berthing to the space station using its robotic arm, Canadarm2, master the ins and outs of space station system and learn Russian.
And, whether they have previous experience piloting an aircraft of not, they’ll learn to fly our fleet of T-38s. In addition, they’ll perfect their expeditionary skills, such as leadership and fellowship, through activities like survival training and geology treks.
7. What kinds of partners will they work with?
They will join a team that supports missions going on at many different NASA centers across the country, but they’ll also interact with commercial partners developing spaceflight hardware. In addition, they will work with our international partners around the globe: ESA (the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the Russian space agency, Roscosmos.
8. How does the selection process work?
All 18,353 of the applications submitted were reviewed by human resources experts to determine if they met the basic qualifications. Those that did were then each reviewed by a panel of about 50 people, made up primarily of current astronauts. Called the Astronaut Rating Panel, that group narrowed to applicants down to a few hundred of what they considered the most highly qualified individuals, whose references were then checked.
From that point, a smaller group called the Astronaut Selection Board brought in the top 120 applicants for an intense round of interviews and some initial medical screening tests. That group is further culled to the top 50 applicants afterward, who are brought back for a second round of interviews and additional screening. The final candidates are selected from that group.
9. How do they get notified?
Each applicant selected to become an astronaut receives a phone call from the head of the Flight Operations Directorate at our Johnson Space Center and the chief of the astronaut office. They’re asked to share the good news with only their immediate family until their selection has been officially announced.
10. How does the on boarding process work?
Astronaut candidates will report for duty at Johnson Space Center in August 2017, newly fitted flight suits in tow, and be sworn into civil service. Between their selection and their report for duty, they will make arrangements to leave their current positions and relocate with their family to Houston, Texas.
i’ve just realised the absolute brilliance of what ends up happening to the doctor’s memories of clara: in the era where it was declared ‘we’re all stories in the end’, the doctor’s punishment for trying to erase clara’s story from her head is that he gets to know the plot but not the story
plots are just a cold, emotionless summary of what happens in any given story, the story is the who (heh), what, where, how and why of it happening, the emotional heart of it for the doctor is scooped right out, leaving only the summary of events
this is also probably a factor in why he decides to get photographs of bill’s mother for her bc he empathises with bill not having a story of her and wants to help her fill in that gap
As someone who runs @safeshattnetwork, I feel that it’s important to release a statement on Matt’s age and how we view it.
Since in Season 1, Episode 1 we know that the Kerberos mission had failed a year ago, and we also know that Pidge was 14 at the time, we can use this to find the age Pidge was when he started school.
So, assuming the Garrison is a 4 year learning program, and you had to have graduated to go on the mission, that’s at least 5 years between Matt starting school and the Pilot. This makes Pidge around 9 years old when he started (which lines up, since in season 4 it’s said that he started schooling at the Garrison before Pidge went into middle school, which starts around 11 years old.)
If we assume the Garrison is a high school program and Matt started at age 15, this puts him at at least 20 during the pilot, and 21-22 by the time we get to season 4. However, if we look back at Pidge she wasn’t allowed in the Garrison at the age of 14, so if we assume he started later than 15, around the age Lance and Hunk are (which is 16-17) We can come to the conclusion that by the Pilot episode, Matt is 22-23 years old, which puts him 23-25 by Season 4.
This leaves Matt’s canonical age between 21-25, which puts him in perfectly reasonable range to be shipped with Shiro.
Pilots are widely regarded as the most absolutely batshit of all the GAR, except maybe the heavy gunners
They stare death by fire or the vacuum of space in the face every battle and say “not today motherfucker”
They’re adrenaline junkies at best
The ground troops joke about “too much zero g” scrambling their brains but goddamn if they don’t respect every last one of the crazy motherfuckers, because there is no better sight than a bunch of fighters coming through the smoke when you’re pinned under heavy fire
It’s an unofficial GAR rule that pilots are never allowed to mingle with the heavy gunners, unless you really want something to be on fire or blown up
Someone always has a story about a buddy’s batchmate’s squadron leader who flew a mission buck-ass naked.
All pilots have been explicitly banned from trying it
They try anyway
Pilots are shorter and slimmer than “standard” troopers, to control how much extra weight is in the fighters
That doesn’t mean they’re any less capable of fucking your shit up if you want to start a fight with them
Nobody talks about the ghost ships, don’t ask about them
Pilots are a very tight-knit group, and if general GAR gossip is rampant, the comm chatter from the pilots is wild
They work hard and play harder
If shenanigans are happening on leave, there’s an 85% chance there’s at least one pilot involved
They run in packs, and the amount of chaos caused is directly proportional to how many pilots are there at any given time
i’ve been sitting on this question for a very long time because it was so hard to answer! the voltron team are a very military-organised squad in contrast to the quantic team’s (i assume) more lax, untrained, ragtag style, so it’s been a challenge trying to figure out how to fit them into more organised roles.
allegra pilots black lion, which was the hardest choice to make between her and bridgette, but she seems separate enough from the rest of the kids (i.e. the bro duo of claude and allan/the potentially-romantic duo of felix and bri) to command everyone’s respect; as well as reserved, sensible and capable enough to manage a team when working together without argument is essential.
felix pilots red lion, a role which prides itself on instinct over skill in its handling of the fastest and most temperamental of the lions. despite being sharp-edged and self-isolated from the rest of the team, felix is highly capable and vital to the group dynamic as well as being a strong second-in-command (although it’s unlikely anyone else will listen to him).
claude pilots green lion; translating his shadow powers into its strengths of creativity and stealth. claude is the go-to paladin for creative problem-solving and enemy evasion during battle, making him their strongest team member on the defensive. while he scraps with felix more often than not, their positions in the arms allow for a degree of instability impossible to maintain between any other lions.
bridgette pilots blue lion, often considered the heart of voltron for its benevolence. bri is the most emotionally open team member and the friendliest towards new faces - and while she could also make a strong leader in black lion, blue lions allows her space to embrace her softer side.
last but not least, allan pilots yellow lion - voltron’s loyal powerhouse. allan is gentle and compassionate among his friends while being a heavy hitter in battle in order to protect them. next to bridgette, allan helps to hold up the rest of the team as the sturdy legs of voltron and seals everyone together.
i tried to be as creative as possible with these while also avoiding slapping any of the quantic kids in a colour already familiar to them! i hope my choices come across well, please let me know what you think!! ヽ(･ω･ゞ)