ESA seeks new astronauts | Media event


For the first time in over a decade, the European Space Agency (ESA) is seeking new astronauts.
This one-hour-long briefing with ESA experts and astronauts outlines the selection criteria and desirable traits for astronauts. It also provides further detail around the Parastronaut Feasibility Project and astronaut reserve, as well as ESA’s vision for the next 10 years of human and robotic exploration.

Jan Wörner, ESA Director General
Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA astronaut
Tim Peake, ESA astronaut
David Parker, ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration
Frank De Winne, Head of the European Astronaut Centre
Jennifer Ngo-Anh, ESA Research and Payloads Programme Coordinator
Lucy van der Tas, ESA Head of Talent Acquisition

Ninja Menning, Communication Department

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  1. Hi, how can we obtain a class 2 medical certificate if we live outside of Europe? I live in the USA, is a medical certificate delivered by an aviation medical examiner of the FAA valid for the application? Thank you in advance!

  2. I immediately state that I find this new policy adopted by a space agency EXCELLENT. Leaving aside all the conjectures that can be made about this revolutionary opening by ESA for the recruitment of "Astronauts", I would say that the question is very practical. With all due respect to the members of the Military and Civil Aviation, what is more effective, training a pilot to become a scientist or a scientist to become an astronaut? The geologist Harrison Schmitt in the Apollo 17 mission, the sacrifice of the teacher Christa McAuliffe in 1986 and all the "civilian tourists" who became astronauts must have taught us something.

    Whatever specialist work a person has to perform must not be conditioned by the work environment and the means by which she must reach it. In the early days of aviation, no researcher traveling to another continent was required to also be the pilot of that plane. After all, even the researchers in the bases in Antarctica are prepared to work in that hostile environment, but no one would think of making a mountaineer who has climbed Everest a scientist working at the south pole. After all, the work to be done in the ISS lasts 6 months compared to a journey of a few hours.

    Good Luck!

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