Twin Spica

Alt titles: Futatsu no Spica

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Moonlight Mile

Moonlight Mile

After discovering an element on the moon that, when used to create a nuclear reaction, would power the Earth for the next 1,000 years, the leaders of sixteen countries declared that their space programs would be combined into the International Space Agency (ISA) – and fifteen nuclear reactors would be built on the moon by the year 2023. Lostman and Goro are two young climbers who have conquered the highest point on Earth – Mt. Everest – and now look to the skies for their next challenge: to become astronauts and explore the stars. While Goro becomes a construction specialist, Lostman joins the air force; both will work their hardest to make their way into space, by whatever means necessary.

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sothis sothis says...

The comparison should be obvious; both Twin Spica and Moonlight Mile follow people who want nothing more than to go into space. Twin Spica is more of a childish tale, while Moonlight Mile is (unfortunately) overtly adult at times - regardless, both are realistic stories of space travel and preparation, and fans of one would surely enjoy the other.

Space Fantasia 2001 Nights

Space Fantasia 2001 Nights

In the year 2058, mankind is about to take its first leap into the distant reaches of space. Using the resources at the tail end of a comet, massive spaceships will be sent to the corners of the universe in an attempt to colonize other worlds, but due to the length of time it will take to arrive at even the closest solar system, the comets must be destroyed in-flight, resulting in super-fast speeds that will kill any life onboard; only frozen sperm and eggs, and machines will survive the journey. Carrying the unborn children of the Robinsons, the first of these ships must now set forth to Ozma; and with its precious cargo is coupled the hopes and fears of all humanity.

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If you enjoyed watching Asumi daydream of visiting the stars, you'd surely enjoy the epic journey of a number of children to a distant corner of space. You won't find the similar character development or lighthearted moments, but I don't see why you wouldn't enjoy it.

Rocket Girls

Rocket Girls

In search of answers, Yukari Morita travels to the place where her father had abandoned her mother seventeen years ago on their honeymoon night. When she reaches the Solomon Islands, an unlikely sequence of events occurs and her fate becomes intertwined with that of Solomon Space Agency. She meets Isao Nasuda, the director of SSA, who happens who be quite the opportunist. Nasuda is willing to help her find her father, but at a price: doing a simple job, pressing buttons -- something even a monkey could do! Little does she know she'll be piloting Japan's first manned rocket into outer space!

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sothis sothis says...

While Twin Spica focuses more on calm emotions and Rocket Girls is more abrasive and at times, ecchi, both series involve young people who must learn to travel to space, with plenty of tests and such along the way.

They Were Eleven

They Were Eleven

Tada is a young man on the fast track to the Cosmo Academy -- a school which only accepts applicants every three years, and whose entrance rate is under 1%. Having passed all the prior exams, the final test is drawing near: survive for 53 days aboard a derelict spaceship with only 9 other would-be cadets to assist you. But much to the dismay of Tada and his peers, their ship has acquired an eleventh member! Can the crew band together to survive the test? Or will sabotage simply destroy them from within...

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These both have entrance exams to space-related schools.  The exams have very similar set ups.  The atmosphere of these two is similar, I really enjoyed them both.

Space Brothers

Space Brothers

When Mutta and Hibito were children, they made a promise to become astronauts together after spotting a UFO one night. Now adults, the duo's path couldn't have diverged more – Hibito is about to travel to the moon with NASA to help simulate the future exploration of Mars, and Mutta is unemployed, having recently headbutted his boss at an auto company. Still, the man can't shake his desire to surpass his younger brother, and soon, he becomes an applicant for Japan's JAXA space program. His ultimate goal, to get one step ahead of Hibito and go to Mars. But the path to becoming an astronaut is long and fraught with tests and challenges. Will Mutta and newfound friends Kenji and Serika manage to persevere and achieve their dream?

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sothis sothis says...

Twin Spica and Space Brothers follow a group of would-be astronauts as they train to go to space. Beyond that, there's not a huge amount in common - SB is somewhat comedic, TS has a younger feel. The Twin Spica manga (which is MUCH better than the anime) is a better rec than the anime, but the anime works too. If you liked watching astronauts train in one, try the other.