School for Scientists

In selecting the first group of scientist-astronauts, NASA required the successful applicants to complete a period of academic study and survival courses. While this was a logical and acceptable condition, there was another, particularly rigid requirement; any person selected into the programme would have to undertake training to qualify as a military jet pilot - if they had not already done so in earlier military service. While it may have seemed a daunting prerequisite to some other scientist applicants, Owen Garriott says that in fact, it was "an eagerly anticipated portion of the training" for him and his successful colleagues.1

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