For the primary time in over a decade, the European House Company is searching for new astronauts. The final choice occurred in 2008-09, and resulted in these acquainted faces being welcomed into the ESA Astronaut Corps: (from left) Luca Parmitano, Thomas Pesquet, Alexander Gerst, Andreas Mogesen, Tim Peake, Samantha Cristoforetti.
This class was selected following a year-long Europe-wide recruitment course of that attracted 8413 legitimate purposes. Following thorough psychological, medical screening ESA’s astronaut class of 2009 grew to become the primary new recruits to affix the European Astronaut Corps since 1992.
Not pictured right here is ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, who was one in every of 10 candidates who made it to the ultimate spherical of ESA astronaut choice in 2008. After narrowly lacking out on astronaut candidacy at that stage, Matthias went on to work for ESA in quite a lot of roles together with crew assist and Eurocom (European spacecraft communicator) earlier than formally becoming a member of the ESA astronaut corps in 2015. He’s at present coaching for his first mission to the Worldwide House Station.
ESA’s subsequent astronaut choice marketing campaign kicks off with a sequence of press briefings as we speak outlining the choice standards and fascinating traits for astronauts. ESA’s astronauts and consultants can even present additional element across the Parastronaut Feasibility Mission, in addition to ESA’s imaginative and prescient for the subsequent 10 years of human and robotic exploration that goals to convey the primary European girl and man to the Moon.
Tune in to ESA Web TV as we speak from 13:00 CET (12:00 GMT) for briefings in English, French, German, Dutch, Italian and Spanish.
A brand new web site can even be launched on Tuesday. This web site is the hub of knowledge referring to ESA’s 2021–22 astronaut choice and will likely be continuously up to date with data for candidates and media.
The appliance interval runs from 31 March to 28 Could 2021. ESA will solely take into account purposes submitted through the ESA Careers website inside these eight weeks. After that, a six-stage choice course of will begin. That is anticipated to be accomplished in October 2022.