An astronaut is a person trained by a human spaceflight program to command, pilot, or serve as a crew member of a spacecraft.
VIRTUAL JOB SHADOW
Welcome to your first day on the job! Watch this video to see what a day in the life of an astronaut is like.
- International Space Station
The International Space Station (ISS) is where astronauts from around the world converge to conduct research and experiments. In this Station Spacewalk Game you’ll experience the thrill of conducting NASA repair work on the International Space Station. >> Click here to play the Spacewalk Game
- More Space Station Research
As NASA gets closer to sending a human to Mars, much research is being conducted to determine how space affects animals and other living things, especially over extended periods. Click here to view a list of real NASA experiments that are being conducted related to humans in space. [TIP: The page takes a while to load, give it time. Once there, click the ‘facilities’ tab – it has better results.]
What was one interesting experiment on/with humans in space that you read about? How will the information from this experiment help us in the future? [discuss with your parent or educator]