...or woman? The European Space Agency have said it's looking for four new astronauts to replace it's aging team of current space travellers. They have set out a list of requirements for missions on the International Space Station starting in 2012 or 2013, with the ultimate goal being possible missions to the moon and Mars. Between 20,000 and 50,000 aspiring astronauts are expected to apply for the years of training, developing expertise and learning technical skills that may not even lead to going into space.
- Display “team competence, empathy and emotional stability”.
- Have the ability to work in stressful conditions
- Aged 27-37
- To be chosen from ESA's 17 member countries
- Have a science degree
- Fluent English
- Know a smattering of Russian
- Be more a team player than "an adventurer"
A spokesman said “We are not interested in the Right Stuff; we want the right staff”.
Selection will start on May 19, to be followed by a huge number of psychological tests, skills assessments, medical evaluations and formal interviews. Those chosen will be announced in 2009.
*Funnily enough I now work for an advertising agency, I wonder if any of my classmates went in to space exploration?