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This type of astronaut works closely with the pilot astronaut and the commander of the crew. This type of astronaut is responsible for coordinating the shuttle operations, which includes planning the crew activity. This type of astronaut is also in charge of monitoring the flight's consumables, which includes: fuel, water, food and many other necessities on a space travel mission. Mission specialist astronauts conduct on-board experiments and payload activities.
To be a qualified mission specialist astronaut, there are specific physical and academic goals to be met. Academically, all candidates must have a bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. They also have to have at least 3 years of related and progressively responsible professional experience.