Let’s admit it: most boys hoped to become astronauts when they were little. While being an astronaut is still far less exciting than we see in sci-fi movies, going to the Moon or just above the Earth’s atmosphere still represent significant steps.
ESA (the European Space Agency) seems prepared to make the childhood dream of many of us come true, as it will open a new series of astronaut recruitment by the end of March.
You have to live in one of the ESA member states
The great news of ESA recruiting astronauts comes from Hackaday.com, and you can learn more about the subject from a press conference that will be held on February 16th and streamed through ESA Web TV.
The agency writes in its announcement:
For the first time in 11 years, ESA is looking for new astronauts. These recruits will work alongside ESA’s existing astronauts as Europe enters a new era of space exploration.
Jan Wörner, the ESA Director General, declared:
Thanks to a strong mandate from ESA Member States at Space19+, our Ministerial Council in 2019, Europe is taking its place at the heart of space exploration. To go farther than we ever have before, we need to look wider than we ever have before. This recruitment process is the first step and I look forward to watching the agency develop across all areas of space exploration and innovation, with our international partners, in the years to come.
Those willing to apply will get the chance to participate in missions to the International Space Station. There’s also the chance of participating in missions such as the planned Lunar Gateway station from Lunar orbit.
Exploring space as much as humans can is practically mandatory for the future of the human race. Humanity needs to go way beyond the limits of our own planet.