The European Space Agency is looking for new astronauts starting today: try your luck here | Science and Planet

Have you always dreamed of being an astronaut? Then this might be your chance: The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for new astronauts for the first time in 11 years. You can apply from today.




Astronauts must have completed scientific training, for example, in medicine or natural sciences. The European Space Agency hopes to bring in many more applications from women. In addition, the organization wants to give people with a slight physical disability the opportunity to go into space as “parastronauts”.

Employment begins today and should lead to a generational change in the European Astronaut Corps. Until May 28, you can Progressing. Next fall, new space travelers will be introduced to the world.

In 2010 the previous group of astronauts was contracted. It consisted of Italian, Italian, German, British, French and Dane. In recent years, they’ve all traveled to the International Space Station. More than 8,000 Europeans signed up for selection tours in the past 11 years.

He traveled to the moon

The European Space Agency said that with the incoming crew of astronauts, Europe is entering a “new era of space exploration”. Europe is working with the United States, Canada and Japan on manned flights to the moon. Europe could provide for at least three astronauts who will live on a new space station around the moon. Who knows, you might get this honor.

So far, two Belgians have been in space. Dirk Fremott became the first citizen in space aboard the space shuttle Atlantis in 1992. Frank de Winne followed in his footsteps with two missions to the International Space Station in 2002 and 2009.

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