Astronautics could be defined as the science that studies flight in space and its different applications, such as landing on different planets or exploring unknown elements at the moment. This was born at the end of the 19th century, when some scientists began to evaluate the possibility of traveling to space, trying to overcome the laws of gravity by studying some mathematical and physical laws.
The era of Astronautics began with the launch of the first Soviet artificial satellite, known as the Sputnik I, in 1957. Different feats have been achieved since then, demonstrating the progress of this science in constant advance.
Also, it also includes the different aspects that make the manufacture of the devices used in the different missions, so it requires knowledge of other disciplines. Astronomy is perhaps the most linked science to Astronautics but also uses knowledge of Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Robotics, and Computing. Therefore, the options and entrance requirements to study in this discipline are very varied.
This time, La Carrera Especial allows Megan Krause, a student of Science and Information Technology at Pennsylvania State University, to visit the NASA offices in Houston. From the hand of astronaut Jessica Meir, Megan will tour the station and use the virtual reality simulators and the different tools used to train the astronauts.
Astronautics in Spain
In Spain, there is the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), which works together with the Ministry of Defense and is dedicated to the research and development of different programs. Also, there is a Museum of Aeronautics and Astronautics, better known as the Air Museum, which manages the assets of the Historical Heritage of the Spanish Aeronautics.
About university studies, after completing degrees in Telecommunication, Computer Science, Electronics, Aeronautics or Informatics, you can take different higher studies. For example, the University of Alcala offers a Master’s Degree in Science and Technology from Space, the University of the Basque Country (UPV) a Doctorate in Science, Technology and Space Observatory, and the University of Granada a Ph.D. in Physics and Space Sciences.