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In 2021, ESA opened the vacancy notices for the roles of astronaut and astronaut with a physical disability. This was the first call for new astronaut applicants since 2008.


In response, ESA received more than 22.500 valid applications of astronaut from across Member States and Associate Members.


Meganne Christian, IMM researcher, has been chosen as a member of ESA's new class of austronauts. The new class includes career astronauts, reserve astronauts as well as astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project.


Stay tuned. More news to follow!!