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ASCAN1984
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posted 07-26-2013 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just wondering what is the most remarkable and best story of how someone became an astronaut?

Delta7
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posted 07-26-2013 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember reading how Norm Thagard's wife saw an ad in a paper or magazine and clipped it out and urged him to apply.

Tykeanaut
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posted 07-26-2013 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about the UK's Helen Sharman listening to the radio on her way home when she heard "Astronaut wanted, no experience neceesary."

Henry Heatherbank
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posted 07-26-2013 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henry Heatherbank     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ron Evans' wife, Jan, applying for him while he was flying missions off a carrier in 'Nam.

Judy Resnik seeing the advertisement posted on the student notice board at university.

Kirsten
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posted 07-27-2013 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kirsten   Click Here to Email Kirsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After German astronaut Ulf Merbold had applied for the Spacelab program, his application papers had gotten lost somewhere at the German space agency and were only recovered and taken into consideration after he had phoned them and asked if they had received his application.

Delta7
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posted 07-27-2013 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neil Armstrong's application supposedly arrived a day or two after the application deadline, but NASA colleagues on the selection board who wanted him in the program slipped it into the pile anyway.

alanh_7
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posted 07-27-2013 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ham the Astro-Chimp. He was drafted

YankeeClipper
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posted 07-28-2013 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Enos the Astro-Chimp. He was a conscientious objector but was drafted!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-29-2013 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Didn't Christa McAuliffe mail in her application the last day?

Gary Payton wasn't among the first group selected for the MSEs, but someone declined, and Payton filled in his spot.

Lodewijk van den Berg slipped in his name because they needed a round number (or certain number) of applicants. He figured he wouldn't get selected, but he did.

ASCAN1984
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posted 07-31-2013 01:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's great thank you for some really interesting stories.

In terms of journey to be become as astronaut who has the most interesting story e.g. Rick Husband was selected on his third attempt and had to go through many other assignments and setbacks.

YankeeClipper
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posted 07-31-2013 04:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Clayton Anderson, subject of a recent cS topic has got to be a leading contender with 15 NASA rejection letters!

ColinBurgess
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posted 07-31-2013 04:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The funniest one of all in my opinion, which he swears is true and was verified to him by PRO Paul Haney, is that of Walt Cunningham, which he calls "The Fourteenth Man" (I tell the full story in "Moon Bound"). Apparently the selection group had chosen 13 candidates for Group 3 and at their final meeting Max Faget said that they simply could not select 13 astronauts, because of the superstition attached to that number. In fact he was quite insistent. Eventually Deke Slayton gave in and went back to the finalist folders, which were ranked 1 to 36 and pulled out the next one, saying, "Here he is then; this is the next guy in line." So the group became 14, and Walt Cunningham was that Fourteenth Man.

Richard Witt
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posted 08-01-2013 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Witt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
Gary Payton wasn't among the first group selected for the MSEs, but someone declined, and Payton filled in his spot.
Which reminds me, Leroy Chiao is one person who's mentioned that he first got a rejection call, then the next day was called back and told that a spot had opened up, and was asked if he was still interested in joining. So, it seems like there's been at least one case of someone out there turning down an offer to become a NASA astronaut.

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