Start your application as an astronaut at esa

Start your application as an astronaut at esa

Following in the footsteps of "astro-alex": anyone who has always dreamed of space can now apply to become an astronaut with the european space agency (esa).

Applications can be submitted online until 28. May be submitted. The selection process has six stages – the new esa space crew will not be chosen until the fall of 2022. It is the first time in more than a decade that the esa is looking for new astronauts.

Germany’s best-known astronauts at the moment are probably alexander gerst, also known as "astro-alex," and matthias maurer. Since his return from the international space station (ISS) in december 2018, gerst is the german who has spent the longest time in space. The saarlander mason is to fly to the ISS at the end of 2021. The two are also part of the esa astronaut crew.

The requirements for this special job are high: applicants must have at least a master’s degree in science, medicine, engineering, mathematics or computer science and at least three years of professional experience. A pilot’s license is not compulsory, but everyone should meet the medical requirements to get a license. A medical certificate must be submitted. Very good english and one other foreign language are also mandatory.

The requirements are a body size between 1.50 and 1.90 meters, the maximum age limit is 50 years. The astronauts must pass a swimming test in the first month of training – so they must be good swimmers. You must also be willing to train underwater for extended periods of time and have a driver’s license, or be willing to obtain one. Anyone who has previously worked in an occupation where risk management was required has an advantage. Because space travel is associated with risks and dangers.

According to early reports, the esa is looking for about four to six so-called career astronauts. They are hired as permanent esa employees and deployed for the space missions. The organization is also looking for up to 20 astronauts to serve as reserves. The esa is also explicitly looking for an astronaut with a certain degree of physical disability. The program is called "parastronaut". It should help break down barriers to entry for people with physical disabilities. It remains to be seen whether the selected person will actually take part in a space mission.

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