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Brady Yoon
2005-Jan-27, 05:18 AM
Is it true that you can't apply to be an astronaut if you're eyesight is bad?

That would be really bad news to me; my eyesight's horrible. :(

Saluki
2005-Jan-27, 05:22 AM
This does not definitively answer your question, but it sort of confirms what I thought, which is that pilots need near-perfect vision, but that mission specialists might get away with less-than-perfect vision.

http://jrm.phys.ksu.edu/Scouts/tsld048.htm

Saluki
2005-Jan-27, 05:25 AM
This gives much more detail:

http://www.spaceline.org/astronauts/stsqualif.html

Short answer is you do not have to have perfect vision, particularly to be a mission specialist (20/150), but it does need to be correctible to 20/20.

beck0311
2005-Jan-27, 05:35 AM
You should be able to get all your answers here.

http://astronauts.nasa.gov/

kucharek
2005-Jan-27, 07:30 AM
John Young, Apollo 16 moonwalker, got some fame when he commanded STS-9 (the Spacelab-1 mission, his second shuttle command) and was seen working in the cockpit wearing glasses.

tofu
2005-Jan-27, 02:49 PM
Is eyesight really the problem? For me, the problem would be living up to the standards set by people like this:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/musgrave.html

Look at all the degrees this one guy has:
1. bachelor of science degree in mathematics and statistics from Syracuse University in 1958

2. master of business administration degree in operations analysis and computer programming from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1959

3. bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Marietta College in 1960

4. doctorate in medicine from Columbia University in 1964

5. master of science in physiology and biophysics from the University of Kentucky in 1966

6. master of arts in literature from the University of Houston in 1987

ToSeek
2005-Jan-27, 03:14 PM
Is eyesight really the problem? For me, the problem would be living up to the standards set by people like this:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/musgrave.html

Look at all the degrees this one guy has:
1. bachelor of science degree in mathematics and statistics from Syracuse University in 1958

2. master of business administration degree in operations analysis and computer programming from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1959

3. bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Marietta College in 1960

4. doctorate in medicine from Columbia University in 1964

5. master of science in physiology and biophysics from the University of Kentucky in 1966

6. master of arts in literature from the University of Houston in 1987

But Musgrave is notorious for having a fistful of degrees. Not all the astronauts are so devoted to education (though they're all still pretty darn impressive!).