European Space Agency: Astronaut recruitment drive for greater diversity
Dr David Parker, Director of ESA’s Robotics and Human Spaceflight programme commented: “To be absolutely clear, we’re not looking to hire a space tourist that happens also to have a disability. To be very explicit, this individual would do a meaningful space mission. So, they would need to do the science; they would need to participate in all the normal operations of the International Space Station (ISS). This is not about tokenism. We have to be able to justify to all the people who fund us – which is everybody, including people who happen to be disabled – that what we’re doing is somehow meaningful to everybody.”
The Be Ready team are very excited by this move! If any locals feel they have the skills to apply (including being able to speak Russian to work on the International Space Station!), use this link to find out more about the ESA Parastronaut Feasibility Programme.
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