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High school students interested in a career as an astronaut should follow a regular college preparatory curriculum in high school but should endeavor to take as much work as possible in mathematics and science (biology, chemistry, physics). Other important classes include computer science, English, and speech. NASA requires its astronauts to be proficient in Russian in order to work with Russian astronauts (or “cosmonauts” as they are known in Russia) on the International Space Station. Although this training is provided to astronaut candidates, it wouldn’t hurt to take Russian if it is available.
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