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European Space Agency Seeks Parastronaut Recruit

Synopsis: ESA looking to recruit first disabled parastronaut for possible space missions to the International Space Station (ISS), The Moon and Mars.1

Author: European Space Agency (ESA)2 Contact:

Published: 2021-02-17

Key Points:

ESA announce the agency is preparing to recruit between four to six career astronauts and approximately 20 reserve astronauts.

New class of astronauts will be inducted into the ESA astronaut corps at one of the most eventful times in its history.

Main Digest

For the first time in over a decade, ESA is looking for new European astronauts to join humankind's greatest adventure, a journey of discovery for the benefit of our planet.

In addition to the vacancy notice to recruit new members of ESA's astronaut corps, the agency is opening a vacancy in the frame of the "Parastronaut" feasibility study to select an astronaut with a certain degree of physical disability.

Furthermore, ESA is working with the international and commercial spaceflight partners to assess the possibility to fly the selected candidate(s) to the International space station on a safe and useful ESA mission. In the meantime, the selected candidate will remain part of ESA's reserve pool of astronaut candidates.

The new web site for potential applicants, is now online and gives an insight into the role of an ESA astronaut, the selection requirements, astronaut training and what ESA does. A comprehensive media kit for journalists is now also available.

Both astronaut and parastronaut vacancies run from 31 March to 28 May 2021.

ESA will only consider applications submitted to the ESA Careers website within those eight weeks. After that, the six-stage selection process will start. This is expected to be completed in October 2022.

"Becoming an astronaut has been a dream come true. It brings together many of my passions: science and technology, complex machines, demanding operational environments, international teams, physical fitness, public outreach. And of course, occasionally you get to ride a rocket to work!" says Samantha Cristoforetti, current ESA astronaut, on the possibilities that lie ahead.

Applications from all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, or other characteristics, are welcome.

2Source/Reference: European Space Agency (ESA) ( Disabled World makes no warranties or representations in connection therewith. Content may have been edited for style, clarity or length.

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Cite Page: Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: European Space Agency (ESA). Electronic Publication Date: 2021-02-17. Title: European Space Agency Seeks Parastronaut Recruit, Source: <a href=>European Space Agency Seeks Parastronaut Recruit</a>. Retrieved 2021-03-04, from - Reference: DW#56-13927.