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VOX POPULI: Return of JAXA's astronaut testing rekindles interest in spaceflight

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"It's not rocket science" is an idiom for something that's easy to do or understand.

The reference to rocket science implies that anyone working in the space industry must possess specialized skills and be highly intelligent.

Astronauts are the ultimate example. Only the best and the brightest can qualify.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) recently announced it is reviving its astronaut selection test after a 13-year hiatus. And this time, JAXA says, anyone can apply, irrespective of their educational background and even if they do not have working experience in any........

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