You don't have to be an astronaut to explore space! NASA is not just astronauts. Nor does it exist only for the physical exploration of space. America’s space agency isn’t even just about space. Its major initiatives comprise astrophysics (the purest science of the cosmos), the study of our Solar System; aeronautics (focusing on improvements to aviation technology), Earth science, the examination of the Sun, space technology (which finds new ways to conduct robotic and human missions), and, the human exploration program.
Check out these five career paths that do not require take-off:
Engineering: When scientists set a goal, such as exploring the composition of a distant planet, engineers design the tools and products that enable such observations. Aerospace Engineers design, construct, and test aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. How cool is that??? Mechanical Engineers create sensors, tools, engines, and steering mechanisms on rocket nozzles that support space missions. There are many engineering specialties related to Space. Check them out here.
Strategically communicating an organization's story is powerful for any business, and especially for private and public Space companies. Media Relations and Public Relations fields spearhead news coverage, promote efforts, conduct media interviews, and even guide crisis communications in the event of a failed mission or launch. This position requires the utmost expertise in both understanding the mission and undertakings of the Space organization itself and in communication skills for public affairs. The Office of Communications and External Relations for NASA's Glenn Research Center oversees newsletters, press releases, media kits, exhibits, and even a speakers bureau.
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