Spanish Pablo Alvarez, the new ESA astronaut: Sara Garcia will be a reserve

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced a new promotion of astronauts from 15:20 Spanish time Which answers a call launched in February 2021.

ESA Ministerial Council informed in Paris The likes of Pablo Álvarez and Sara García (as reserve) For the new promotion of European Astronauts, the first to be elected since 2009.

Applicants (from one of the 22 ESA member countries or a relevant state) must have a minimum master’s degree and three years’ experience in engineering, computer science, mathematics or medicine (among other fields), in addition to knowing English. and another language.

the agency received More than 22,000 valid applications for the post of AstronautOf these, 1,361 were invited to participate in the second phase of the selection process. Meanwhile, 257 applications were received for the post of Astronaut with Physical Disability, out of which 27 were invited for Phase II.

Likewise, the future industrial and commercial strategy of the European Agency is discussed, in the development and commercialization of its rocket launchers and the opening of the use of micro- and mini-launchers.

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Diana Morant (Minister of Science and Innovation of Spain) said in EFE that “Spain deserves to be part of the new generation of astronauts, Our country has made a strong commitment to the aerospace sector in recent years to lead space programs.”

Pablo Álvarez Fernández (Spanish aerospace engineer) is third After Michael López-Alegría (Hispanic-American who participated in several NASA missions) and Pedro Duque (ESA).

Others, Sara Garcia Alonso has also been selected as a reserve astronaut., This means she will not be part of ESA’s permanent staff, although she may be selected for specific missions.

With regard to new astronauts, those selected must undergo an intensive training program that may last three years or more, similarly, Will bear key missions for the future of aerospace exploration (Planned return to the Moon in 2030 and future missions to Mars). On the other hand, they will also fly and work on the International Space Station.

The selection is due to the fact that the Ministry of Science has increased Spain’s contribution to ESA by 20% to 300 million euros by 2023.

Enjoy a selection of Pablo Alvarez and Sara Garcia

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