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One of plots in Independence Day has United States Marine Cpt. Steven "Steve" Hiller wanting to become an Astronaut. It's part of his motivation in life. One scene prior to the apocalypse has him receive a letter from NASA rejecting his application.

Why was he rejected by NASA?

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    "Steve, maybe when they asked about 'plans for first contact' you should not have replied 'punch them out & issue witty but sarcastic greeting!'." – Andrew Thompson Jun 15 '16 at 6:15
  • quora! quora.com/… has some answers - TLDR: maybe stripper girlfriend, maybe his behaviour, but not certain as movie didn't state it – kicker86 Jun 15 '16 at 20:57
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His buddy explained earlier that although he respects Steve's girlfriend Jasmine, NASA is never going to accept Steve Hiller if he's dating (or married to) a stripper, which is what Jasmine does for a living.

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