The movie “Top Gun,” which starred Tom Cruise, romanticized the life of a military pilot. However, not all pilots fly jet fighter planes. They may be responsible for reconnaissance missions, fly tanker or transport planes.
Being an astronaut is like tightrope walking without a net. It’s risky, formidable, death-defying and intoxicating for those who have the right stuff. Candidacy for the job is fiercely competitive. In 2016, 18,300 hopefuls applied to its ranks and only 12 were accepted.