As the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) retires
the Space Shuttle and shifts involvement in International Space
Station (ISS) operations, changes in the role and requirements of
NASA's Astronaut Corps will take place. At the request of NASA, the
National Research Council (NRC) addressed three main questions
about these changes: what should be the role and size of Johnson
Space Center's (JSC) Flight Crew Operations Directorate (FCOD);
what will be the requirements of astronaut training facilities; and
is the Astronaut Corps' fleet of training aircraft a cost-effective
means of preparing astronauts for NASA's spaceflight program? This
report presents an assessment of several issues driven by these
questions. This report does not address explicitly the future of
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