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For the first time in a decade, the European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for new astronauts to enter the frontier of space exploration, the agency told in a press release. The application opens on the 31st of March, and ESA encourages women to apply. Regarding the recruitment, ESA director general Jan Wörner told:
Thanks to a strong mandate from ESA Member States at Space19+, our Ministerial Council in 2019, Europe is taking its place at the heart of space exploration. To go farther than we ever have before, we need to look wider than we ever have before. This recruitment process is the first step and I look forward to watching the agency develop across all areas of space exploration and innovation, with our international partners, in the years to come.
The astronaut profession is extreme and challenging. And the recruitment period is often long. ESA plans to have chosen their astronaut team by October next year. More information, and frequently asked questions, can be found here.
And if you want to know more about the recruitment, you can watch the media event below:
Do you have what it takes? Submit your application here between the 31st of march and the 28th of may, and join the frontier of space exploration!