It has been reported that more than 22,000 applications have been submitted under the program opened by the European Space Agency (ESA) to train new astronauts.
In the news of the site “Spacenews”, it was indicated that the number of applications had been multiplied by 3 compared to the last program organized in 2008.
22 thousand candidates, 5 thousand 419 women, applied to participate in the new class of astronauts.
ESA human resources experts will initially call 1,500 applicants from among the applicants for a psychological assessment. Applicants will go through a 4-step elimination process after the psychological assessment.
At the end of the qualification process, a new class of astronauts, which should consist of 4-6 people, will be determined.
Currently, 2 German, 2 Italian, 1 British, 1 French and 1 Danish astronauts serve at ESA. ESA astronauts participate in rotating teams on the International Space Station.
THE AGENCY HAS BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE 1975
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The European Space Agency (ESA) was established in 1975 as an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the exploration of space. The headquarters of the organization, which currently has 22 members, is in Paris, the capital of France.
It has a budget of 3,000,000,000 euros in 2006 and around 1,900 employees (excluding national space agencies).
ESA’s space flight program, in particular the International Space Station program with the participation of astronauts, includes unmanned reconnaissance flights to the planets and the Moon. ESA also works in many areas such as telecommunications, navigation, research, space observation.
ESA astronauts took a spacewalk a few days ago
Astronauts have taken a spacewalk to install new solar panels on the International Space Station.
US Aerospace Agency (NASA) astronaut Shane Kimbrough and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet began the spacewalk to continue the installation of the solar panels, which was delayed due to technical problems Wednesday.
The spacewalk lasted about 6.5 hours. The new panels will meet the energy needs of the space station.