When you ask a child "what do you want to be when you grow up?" there is typically one correct answer: "an astronaut." For decades, astronauts have inspired and excited people of all ages. But what does it actually take to become an astronaut?
NASA's list of minimum requirements for being an astronaut includes holding a bachelor's degree and passing a physical. But only the 120 most highly-qualified applicants were invited to interview in 2016 (out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications!), so one has to wonder what "soft skills" an applicant needs in order to rise to the top. While we can't guarantee you'll end up on the first manned mission to Mars, we've put together some tips to get you started.