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For the new age, we will select astronauts based on whether they can adapt to their missions rather than whether they are science or humanities majors.

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Kazuyoshi Kawasaki, a senior official for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Human Spaceflight Technology department. Japan's national space agency is looking to expand its horizons by dropping the science major requirement for potential astronauts as it launches its first recruitment drive in 13 years.

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@Sven,

I think you are mistaken. Space research budgets are a simple necessity, especially in the field of off world colonization.

I think it's a good move to prioritize mission competence over paper qualifications.

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No, you select nothing, because all your budgets will soon come under discussion and then brought to zero, while urgently needed for everything else. Not this year, I know, but very soon on a historical timeline.

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