What Would Your Job Be on a Spaceship?

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Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Since the first days of American space travel, astronauts have come from a rarefied group. On one hand, most of them were ex-military—pilots and the sort. On the other hand, they all possessed advanced degrees in the sciences needed for the missions to which they were assigned. This is all for good reason. If someone flying an airplane encounters a problem, they can probably find a place to land and get it repaired, and failing that, they can at least bail out and survive. Space travel is another matter altogether. In space, if something goes wrong on a ship, the people on the ship must fix it themselves or else go up the proverbial river without a paddle. Any clashing personalities will produce genuine problems, because being locked in a confined space with people you don't like will put differences into stark relief.

As space travel moves into the future, our technology only gets more complex. The bar for the skills demanded of the crews of these future ships will only go up. Outer space is always outer space, where no atmosphere surrounds us to absorb deadly radiation, where it takes fuel to move or to stop and where exposure to the outside will result in grievous bodily harm and even death in seconds. The old skills of early astronauts are a foundation, but space travel of the future demands that people have jobs that match not only their abilities and education, but their character. Take this quiz, and we'll tell you what your job would be on a spaceship!

Are you ready to talk to some aliens?

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How much natural charisma do you have?

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Can you rock an epaulette?

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Are you a people person?

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Where in your training group do you expect to be placed?

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What ridiculous fear will you have to conquer in order to go into space?

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Which "Star Trek" technology do you want the most to be real?

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Which captain do you like best?

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Aside from Earth, which planet in our solar system would you most like to visit?

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What's your favorite surprising space fact?

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How many constellations (as seen from Earth) can you name?

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What odds do you give that humanity will survive on Earth for at least another 100,000 years?

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When you go into space, you get a very specific luggage allowance, meaning every ounce counts. What non-essential personal item will you be sure to bring, even if it means having fewer useful things?

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If you found yourself in the vacuum of space, what do you think would be your first thought?

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Are you willing to take a life in order to save a life?

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How many languages do you speak on at least a conversational level?

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You got promoted and you're now in charge of your BFF. They've disobeyed an order. Could you bear to punish them?

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What degree do you have?

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How do you feel about taking a spacewalk?

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Is your self-discipline good enough to stay in shape in a zero-gravity environment?

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What would be your least favorite thing about being in space?

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Which planet from "Star Wars" would you totally want to visit?

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Other than an alien attack, what's the scariest thing that can go wrong on a spaceship?

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Where on the spaceship will you go to chill out?

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How will you communicate with home?

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Do you think you could handle going up in Vostok 1, the first craft to take a human into space?

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Do you think you could disobey an unlawful order?

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What's the best reason to go to space?

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What role do you hold in your friend group, generally speaking?

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How would you handle having an itch that you literally cannot scratch?

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