Training to become an astronaut is almost a lifelong mission. Generally speaking, astronauts are selected from the Air Force, which is selective when it comes to accepting candidates, and NASA is even more selective. Although with the privatization of some space flight missions, astronauts may come from elsewhere, the majority are still NASA engineers or Air Force personnel.
But what happens when an astronaut gets fired? Knowing how to dock a shuttle with a space station isn’t exactly the most marketable skills. Plus, it must be rather depressing.
See what happens when astronauts are unemployed: