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International Space Station astronauts redefine ‘The Right Stuff’ for the modern era

Rocketeers need “the right stuff” to be chosen for space flight, and as missions have become longer and vehicles fill with larger crews, communication and collaboration are crucial characteristics for those heading to the cosmos, two astronauts told Fox News Digital

“Interpersonal skills are really what defines the right stuff,” NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, one of two Americans aboard the International Space Station (ISS), told Fox News Digital. “You have to be a bit of a jack of all trades nowadays here on station.”

The International Space Station in space

The International Space Station is 356 feet end-to-end and has continuously housed astronauts since November 2000, according to NASA. (Roscosmos State Space Corporation via AP)

When something aboard the ISS does break, the crew must cooperate together to accomplish the intricate tasks required to maintain the base. There have been 267 highly coordinated spacewalk missions – where ISS astronauts are deployed to work on the exterior of the vessel – since 1998. 

“We have to be able to work together successfully for six months, sometimes up to a year at a time onboard the International Space Station,” Mogensen said. “There’s a lot more focus on teamwork, on communication skills.”

To watch the full interview with Moghbeli and Mogensen about “the right stuff” astronauts need, click here

Jon Michael Raasch is an associate producer/writer with Fox News Digital Originals.


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