Only four to six candidates will be selected after a long selection process which will end at the end of 2022.
The opportunity doesn’t come every year, and if you’re under 50, this will likely be your last chance to ever become an astronaut. ESA (European Space Agency) is launching a new recruitment campaign. This is only the fourth promotion of European astronauts since 1977. They were then three to be selected, followed by six others in 1992, then seven in 2009 – including Thomas Pesquet.
This new call for applications will open on March 31 and close on May 28, the agency announced at a major press conference on Tuesday. A long selection process will follow, leading to a list of four to six elected by October 2022. Places are limited because ESA is keen to fly all successful candidates. A priori, these will be six-month stays aboard the International Space Station (ISS). There may be a seat aboard the Lunar Gateway, the future lunar orbiting space station that could come into service in 2026.
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