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A large number of people apply to become European astronauts.

A total of 22,589 people filled out the online form, which is about double the number of people who expressed interest when Esa last had a competitive procedure in 2008.

The amount of persons who have sought to join the European Space Agency’s astronaut corps has “thrilled” the A total of 22,589 people filled out the online form, which is about double the number of people who expressed interest when Esa last had a competitive procedure in 2008. agency.

A total of 22,589 people filled out the online form, which is about double the number of people who expressed interest when Esa last had a competitive procedure in 2008.

 

There was also a significant increase in the number of women who wanted to go into space this time, with 5,419 applications compared to only 1,287 the previous time.

 

Appointments are expected to be made in 2022.

 

“Having over 22,000 candidates is quite a quantity,” said Esa Director-General Josef Aschbacher.

“We’ve all been taken aback. It is, in my opinion, a very strong statement of people’s interest and passion for space across Europe.

ESA says it will offer full-time employment to between four and six people to join its astronaut corps. However, it

intends to assemble a reserve of up to 20 people who will be kept on standby in case new chances arise.

A member state of ESA desiring to fly a “national mission” outside of the agency’s customary arrangements with its partners on the International Space Station could be one such chance (ISS).

 

This would entail a member state purchasing a seat on one of the new commercial capsules currently available, with Esa overseeing all training.

The country with the most applications (7137) was France. Given that French native Thomas Pesquet is now aboard the International Space Station, this is perhaps unsurprising. His endeavor has received a lot of media attention in France.

The following countries with the most applications were Germany (3,700), the United Kingdom (1,979), Italy (1,860), Spain (1,344), and Belgium (1,344). (1,019).

 

“The psychological examinations, followed by practical and psychometric testing, are the next steps in the selection process. The medical selection process will be followed by two rounds of interviews. As a result, it’s a lengthy procedure “Antonella Costa, an Esa human resources employee, detailed the situation.

Six people have orbited the Earth at least once (Maurer will get his first chance in October). Mogensen and Peake are awaiting word on their second flying opportunity, which is expected to take place in 2024 or 2025.