European Space Agency Announces Astronaut Recruitment Drive 

European Space Agency Announces Astronaut Recruitment Drive 

For the first time in over a decade, the European Space Agency (ESA) is seeking new astronauts. 


In a series of press briefings, ESA outlined the selection criteria and desirable traits for astronauts. ESA’s astronauts and experts will also provide further detail around the Parastronaut Feasibility Project, as well as ESA’s vision for the next 10 years of human and robotic exploration that aims to bring the first European woman and man to the Moon.


A new website has also been launched and is the hub of information relating to ESA’s 2021–22 astronaut selection and will be constantly updated with information for applicants and media.


The application period runs from 31 March to 28 May 2021. ESA will only consider applications submitted via the ESA Careers website within those eight weeks. After that, a six-stage selection process will start. This is expected to be completed in October 2022.


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