Spaced Out: Astronaut Quiz
by Staff
Astronauts have a reputation for being the brave and skilled few willing to risk their lives by strapping themselves aboard a rocket and blasting into outer space. How much do you know about this dangerous job?

Which of the following terms did NASA originally want to use in reference to astronauts?

  • Mercury
  • Venus
  • Aeronaut

Soviet astronauts were called:

  • taikonauts
  • aeronauts
  • cosmonauts

On NASA's first list of qualifications for astronaut candidates for the Mercury program, each man had to be under:

  • 6 feet, 3 inches tall
  • 5 feet, 11 inches tall
  • 5 feet, 7 inches tall

Which of the following "Original Seven" astronauts was the only one from the U.S. Marines?

  • Alan Shepard
  • Gus Grissom
  • John Glenn

The two types of astronauts in NASA today are:

  • engineering astronauts and biology astronauts
  • pilot astronauts and mission specialist astronauts
  • human astronauts and animal astronauts

Which of the following agencies does not have an agreement with NASA to provide international astronauts?

  • European Space Agency
  • Brazilian Space Agency
  • Chinese Space Agency

What former U.S. president is NASA's Houston space center named for?

  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

How long are astronaut candidates required to tread water continuously while wearing a flight suit?

  • 5 minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • 20 minutes

Who was the first woman in space?

  • Sally Ride
  • Valentina Tereshkova
  • Jerrie Cobb

An official countdown for a shuttle launch begins at:

  • T minus 43 hours
  • T minus 24 hours
  • T minus 8 hours