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Pros and Cons of Being an Astronaut

Pros and Cons of Being an Astronaut

By Anthony DeVito

So, you're thinking about becoming an astronaut: you're OK with the commute, you are going to deal with the dreaded astro helmet hair, and you've got your learner's permit. Everyone thinks being an astronaut is out of this world, but before making a major career decision, you should remember that there are also some drawbacks.

One of the biggest pros of being an astronaut is the fact you've been to outer space. Obviously, that's an incredible experience.  But, at the same time it’s a con because for the rest of your life that’s your benchmark. "How was meeting the president? Well, not as good as the moon."

Very similar to the previous thought is the pro and con of being interesting during social situations. People are going to want to talk and listen to the person who's been to outer space, but seeing the Earth shrunken to the size of a basketball beneath your spaceship window makes it very difficult to relate to everyday problems. For example, if someone exclaims, "This music is just so loud!" you end up responding, "I know. It's just like the first forty five minutes of blast off en route to the Russian Mir space station."

One major pro is you can blame a sour mood on "space madness." You don't have to do anything you don't want ever again! If you don't want to attend a friend's birthday party, there is no excuse better than, "I can't make it tonight. Just listened to David Bowie's ‘Life on Mars’ and my space madness is acting a fool."

Another pro is once you look down upon the world from a great distance it gives you perspective—an opportunity to appreciate and understand your place in this world. One of the cons is there's no way to check Facebook and see what all your friends had to eat this afternoon.

A simple plus of being outside Earth's atmosphere is immediate weight loss. It's the easiest way to shedding those unwanted pounds. One of the cons is that when you arrive back on Earth, all the weight comes back, and you might actually have gained weight, depending how much freeze-dried ice cream you had while on the ship.

A giant pro of being an astronaut is not worrying about what to wear for the day. An astronaut's attire is pretty standard across the board. It goes as follows: puffy white suit, helmet, and a square backpack attached to one, thick tube.

An added benefit of being an astronaut is distance. If you're not getting along with your parents or S.O., nothing will clear your head like traveling miles outside Earth's atmosphere. If you're going through a break up, being an astronaut is great! Let's say you want to make sure to not run into the other person: unless you're dating a solar system, this is a sure-fire way to do that.

A small con of being an astronaut is countdowns will cause you to uncontrollably sob. If it's New Years Eve, the ball is dropping, the countdown begins, and, all of a sudden, your mind goes elsewhere. It's not fair for the person you're kissing, because you're not REALLY kissing them, you're kissing the Andromeda galaxy.

Would you consider a career as space junk?

Topics: Life
Tags: careers, pros and cons, physics, astronauts, space stations

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About the Author
Anthony DeVito

Anthony DeVito is a NYC based comic. Originally from New Jersey, he was featured as one of the "New Faces" at the 2012 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, recently taped a Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV, performed at the 2013 Bridgetown Comedy Festival and 2013 SF Sketchfest, and is also the former host of "Say What?!" on the NOC TV. You can follow him on Twitter @anthonydevito_

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