Ignite your curiosity and grow your passion for space and science at our monthly Thought Leader Series. The best and brightest minds examine the significance of historic missions, share the latest news in space exploration and look ahead to the future of space travel. This immersive series takes guests beyond our walls to provide inspiring, engaging and educational learning experiences.
Upcoming Thought Leader Series presentation
Astronaut Selection and Training Process
May 21 | 6 p.m.
As NASA begins to narrow the field of candidates for the newest astronaut class, we are exploring the astronaut selection and training process in Space Center Houston’s May Thought Leader Series, presented by UTMB. Hear about the process from Kjell Lindgren, NASA astronaut; Anne Roemer, NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) astronaut selection manager; and Todd May, KBR senior vice president of government solutions U.S.
Though Space Center Houston is temporarily closed, we are still passionate about sharing science and space exploration with our community. To continue our commitment to bring dynamic science learning experiences to the public, please join the May Thought Leader Series virtually.
Watching the presentation
We will make this presentation available 6 p.m. CST May 21 on this webpage and our social media pages.
Astronaut training in Space City
Houston is the home of astronaut training. JSC has served as a hub of human spaceflight activity for more than half a century. It is home to the nation’s astronaut corps, the International Space Station mission operations, the Orion Program, and a host of future space developments.
At JSC, potential astronaut candidates undergo one of the world’s most competitive selection processes. Selected candidates then complete approximately two years of intensive training before beginning specialized mission training. Only then do astronaut candidates become eligible for a flight assignment.
During their classroom “boot camp,” candidates are schooled in space station systems along with a variety of other disciplines, including Earth sciences, meteorology, space science and engineering. They also train in land and water survival, aircraft operations and scuba diving.
Once the candidate training period is complete, new astronauts are given their mission assignment and grouped with experienced astronauts to continue training.