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Career in space

  1. Jul 25, 2012 #1
    I would like to be a space scientist.Right now i have completed my Bachelors in physics with 97%.Whether an MSc in Physics or Theoretical physics would be more good?Reply soon
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  3. Jul 25, 2012 #2


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    In the current economic climate, engineering would be the most promising option, IMO.
  4. Jul 25, 2012 #3


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    I would not rely on others to decide this for me. What will matter to you is what satisfies you most about the work you are doing. True, it is impossible for you to know for sure right now which master's degree would open the doors to the "most sastisfactory" work environment. But you might ask yourself which areas of space science are the most interesting to you now? Best way is to try different laboratories doing different kinds of work. If you cannot work as an "apprentice" then at least meet and talk to a variety of folks already doing the kinds of jobs you would select from. They can tell you about their experiences, which may help you decide.
  5. Jul 26, 2012 #4
    Do you mean working IN space or work ABOUT space?

    Military test pilots do a lot of shuttle flying... But yeah. I always wanted to become an astronaut too. Sadly, I don't think that's ever gonna happen. I just hope I'll make enough money to buy a trip from SpaceX some day.
  6. Jul 27, 2012 #5
    I did not mean working in space!!!!
  7. Jul 27, 2012 #6
    Astronaut - Air Force test pilot and any technical degree. I would suggest geology for manned missions.

    Spacecraft design, Propulsions - Aerospace/Mechanical/nuclear/electrical engineering

    Computer systems engineer - computer engineering

    Space station engineer - Mechanical, electrical, possibly biological engineering. I think UHouston has a Master's degree in Space Architecture

    Planetary scientist/engineer - Geology, Geography, Meteorology, Physics, Chemistry

    Astronomer - Astronomy/Physics

    Take plenty of Math classes no matter what you do.
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