Europe would enter a new era of space exploration, says ESA. The space agency therefore needs to recruit new astronauts and for the first time, it wants to diversify the profiles. Age, gender, the idea is to better represent society in all its plurality. A feasibility project is also launched concerning parastronauts, disabled astronauts.
Selections that will end at the end of 2022
Applications will be open from March 31 to May 28, 2021 on the ESA Career website. An eight-step selection process will then begin and end around October 2022.
The last recruitment campaign took place in 2008 and earned the Frenchman Thomas Pesquet to be selected alongside Samantha Cristoforetti or even Luca Parmitano and Alexander Gerst. White men have been over-represented among astronauts since the beginnings of the space adventure. Women represent only 10% of the workforce and candidates. It remains to be hoped that the events will not this time be designed to favor men.
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