Registrations can be made between March 31 and May 28
The European Space Agency (ESA) launches next week a campaign to recruit astronauts in the member states of the European Union, for a new trip to the Moon. The news was advanced today, by Agência Brasil, informing that the announcement was made today ( 9) by ESA, in a statement.
Details on the recruitment conditions will be known next Tuesday (16), and applications can be made between March 31 and May 28.
The selection process will be divided into six stages and should be completed in October.
At the same time, the agency launches a pilot project that foresees the choice of a parastronaut, "the first astronaut with some level of disability", informs the document to which Agência Brasil had access.
Open astronaut career
The project, according to Agência Brasil, based on the same statement from ESA, will give the opportunity to pursue a career as an astronaut, "to a part of society that has so far been excluded from space flight," said the organization, adding that it is the first time in history that a space agency takes on an inclusive project like this.
The astronaut recruitment campaign is part of a more comprehensive strategy by ESA, which aims to show "a high number of job opportunities" within the organization.
The goal is to recruit around 100 people annually over the next ten years.
The agency also said it hopes to attract more women this year, indicating that 1,430 candidates were accepted in 2009, out of a total of 8,413.
David Parker, director of Human and Robotics Exploration, quoted in the organization's document, argued that diversity at ESA should not only address the origin, age, experience or sex of astronauts, but "perhaps also physical disabilities".
"Thanks to a strong mandate from ESA member states at the last ministerial council in 2019, Europe is taking its place at the center of space exploration," the agency said in the statement. "To go where we've never been before, we need to look further than before."