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NASA asks aspiring astronauts to write poetry as part of the hiring process

Delila James | Science Recorder | August 22, 2013

NASA asks aspiring astronauts to write poetry as part of the hiring process

Poetry in space?

Among all the medical texts, rigorous background checks, qualifications requirements, and essay questions, the eight new astronauts recently chosen by NASA were also asked to write poetry. Yesterday (Aug. 20), one of the new recruits shared a limerick he submitted with reporters during a press conference at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Tex., where the eight new astronauts were introduced.

According to Victor Glover, a 39-year-old lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, the candidates were asked to compose either a tweet, a haiku, or a limerick. Glover opted to write a limerick:

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