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The UK Space Agency has begun the countdown to find the next UK astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) - with a selection process to begin next year. A recruitment campaign for British space explorers is a rare event

UK Space Agency goes on the hunt for Britain's next astronaut in its first recruitment campaign in a decade

  • The first ESA astronaut in Britain, Major Tim Peake, was accepted in 2008-2009
  • Ideal applicants between 27-37 with masters in science / medicine / engineering
  • & # 39; Experience as a pilot & # 39; is a plus and ideal candidates fall between 5ft and 6ft 2ins
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That is a small CV for a man, a giant career leap for humanity.

If you have always wanted a job that is out of this world, then this is your chance for a rapid rise.

The UK Space Agency has begun the countdown to find the next UK astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) – with a selection process to begin next year.

The UK Space Agency has begun the countdown to find the next UK astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) - with a selection process to begin next year. A recruitment campaign for British space explorers is a rare event

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The UK Space Agency has begun the countdown to find the next UK astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) – with a selection process to begin next year. A recruitment campaign for British space explorers is a rare event

A recruitment campaign for British space explorers is a rare event.

Since the European Space Agency (ESA) was established in 1975, there have only been three campaigns for astronauts.

The first was in 1978-79, the second in 1991-1992 and the most recent in 2008-2009, when the first ESA astronaut Major Tim Peake of Great Britain was accepted.

Candidates who are candidates are ideally 27-37 years old, have a master's degree in science, medicine or engineering and & # 39; pilot experience is a pre & # 39 ;.

The agency recommends that ideal candidates fall between 5ft and 6ft 2ins.

And being able to speak Russian is a bonus – since the rocket trip to the ISS is aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft under the command of a Russian citizen.

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But the competition is tough – 10,000 people applied in the last selection round. And hot-headed characters do not have to apply.

The ESA warns: & # 39; It's a challenge to live in a confined space with other people for a long time.

Since the European Space Agency (ESA) was established in 1975, there have only been three campaigns for astronauts. The first was in 1978-79, the second in 1991-1992 and the most recent in 2008-2009, when the first ESA astronaut Major Tim Peake of Great Britain was accepted

Since the European Space Agency (ESA) was established in 1975, there have only been three campaigns for astronauts. The first was in 1978-79, the second in 1991-1992 and the most recent in 2008-2009, when the first ESA astronaut Major Tim Peake of Great Britain was accepted

Since the European Space Agency (ESA) was established in 1975, there have only been three campaigns for astronauts. The first was in 1978-79, the second in 1991-1992 and the most recent in 2008-2009, when the first ESA astronaut Major Tim Peake of Great Britain was accepted

& # 39; So-called astronauts also need self-control and an even temperament to cope with stress and any emergency situations. & # 39;

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With that in mind, rigorous psychological tests of memory, multi-tasking ability and hand-eye coordination are performed. Major Peake was selected in 2013 to board the ISS. But while serving in the Royal Air Force, it is not necessary to have military experience.

Good vision is required, but wearing glasses does not have to be an obstacle as long as the vision does not deteriorate.

And being an astronaut is still a select club – with only about 550 people going into space.

Learning Russian is considered a major obstacle. The first astronaut of Denmark, Andreas Mogensen, once said that learning Russian was his biggest challenge.

And if you don't speak it, it might be wise to start learning, because it can take around 1,100 hours to get reasonably fluid. Public speaking is also important because astronauts are often in the spotlight & # 39 ;, ESA warns.

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A spokesperson for the UK Space Agency said: & Tim Peake is a member of the European Space Agency Astronaut Corps and additional astronauts can be searched for next year.

& # 39; So if you think you have what it takes, get ready. & # 39;

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