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Astronaut recruitment drive launched

Published: Thursday, 29 May 2008   Category: Career Advice | Science, IT and Engineering

Applications for entry into outer space are being welcomed as the European Space Agency launches a new recruitment drive.

The first selection process for potential astronauts in Europe since 1992, this is described as a "rare opportunity to be at the forefront of ESA' s human spaceflight programmes".

Future missions to the moon and the inner solar system are being planned and talented graduates have the opportunity to put themselves forward.

The first stage of the application process will involve providing personal contact information and contact details, plus uploading a private-pilot medical examination certificate.

Access will then be granted to a thorough application form, from which candidates will be chosen to continue on to later stages of selection.

The ESA European Astronaut Corps intends to recruit four new members, to be unveiled in 2009.

Candidates are required to competent in scientific disciplines such as life sciences, physics, chemistry and medicine, while proven abilities in academia are also a pre-requisite.

In addition, they should be an engineer or experimental test pilot, with a range of other physical skills and requirements.

The ESA, established in 1975 with headquarters in Paris, is an intergovernmental organisation comprising of 17 member states including the UK.

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