The European Space Agency is recruiting

The European Space Agency is recruiting… Dream job alert! The European Space Agency is launching its fourth recruitment campaign to train 4 to 6 astronauts. Watchword: diversify its still very masculine ranks, and potentially open up this profession to people with physical disabilities.

This is the first time since 2008 that the European Space Agency has launched a campaign to recruit astronauts. They are only seven now.

This is the first time since 2008 that the European Space Agency has launched a campaign to recruit astronauts. They are only seven now.

Better to have a well-rounded CV to apply, because the job of an astronaut may well make many people dream, few are those who end up hiring. During the last recruitment campaign in 2008, they were more than 8000 to apply. Only ten were ultimately selected.

The selection process is also long and tedious. It will begin on March 31 and end in October 2022. Aspirants can nevertheless count on Thomas Pesquet to make their mouths water. The French astronaut relayed the European Space Agency’s (ESA) call for applications with the first piece of advice for his potential future colleagues: “Get started! “


For those who dream of heading for the stars, it is indeed a question of not missing the start of registrations knowing that the last time such a position was to be filled, it was… 11 years ago.

Aiming to initiate “real generational change”, ESA hopes to attract more women among its applications. They only represented 16% of applicants during the last recruitment campaign. David Parker, Director of Human and Robotic Exploration at ESA also intends to offer more space to people with disabilities: “The diversity within ESA should not only take into account the origin, the age, background or gender of our astronauts, but perhaps also physical disabilities. To make this dream come true, along with recruiting astronauts, I am launching the Parastronaut Feasibility Project – an innovation whose time has come. “


To have perhaps the chance to rub shoulders with Thomas Pesquet in orbit, the candidates, preferably between 27 and 37 years old, will have to go through 6 tests, the content of which will be specified next Tuesday. However, they can become already expansive to excel in various fields, whether they be scientific, technical, physical or even psychological. Plurilingualism is also a great asset in the race for the stars. Remember that Thomas Pesquet speaks English, Spanish, Russian, German and even a Chinese wordiness. Another selection criterion: to come from one of the 22 member countries of ESA, which is celebrating its 36 years this year.

For the 2022 class, ESA also plans to create a “reserve astronaut corandn to the main one. They are now seven, of five different nationalities: Alexander Gerst and Matthias Maurer (Germany), Luca Parmitano and Samantha Cristoforetti (Italy), Thomas Pesquet (France), Timothy Peake (Great Britain) and Andreas Mogensen (Denmark).