Astronaut — Katherine Bennell-Pegg from Australia

Gurusubramanian Swaminathan
1 min readOct 4, 2023

Her thoughts and advice for aspiring kids as part of Science Week 2023

Image Credit: Australia Space Agency

What skills are required for becoming an Astronaut ?

  • Need operational skills eg manufacturing, aviation, etc
  • Need to work across multicultural groups
  • Expedition skills like 5 weeks in sky diving, etc.
  • Need to be physically fit
  • Need to operate under pressure in the procedural environment.
  • Should be good enough across different topics. You should be well-rounded
  • She got selected out of 23000 applicants

What does this training at ESA mean?

Astronaut Basic training: 1–2 years.

  • Has control rooms to speak to astronauts
  • Pressure chambers
  • Cycle to the astronaut center and then full-day training.
  • Learn medicine also. How to do first aid.
  • Gravity is the constant on Earth. That’s non-existent in space.
  • Have to exercise a lot in space. 2 hrs gym in space.
  • Learn nutrition. Did the ocean survival, Fire survival
  • Handle pressure leak. Zero G.
  • Each mission control has 1000 people.
  • Photography. Learning languages.
  • The first person to walk on Mars is sitting in the school class now.

She was in SES. Went to India as part of “ Engineers without Borders”.

Also Learnt Music, dancing, debating, etc

Having hobbies is important!!

Great Insights into what’s important.



Gurusubramanian Swaminathan

Life Coach working with people to enhance their lives (Career, Personal).Vivid Writer in Medium Platform on Positivity,Life Lessons & Reflections.IT Program Mgr