Announcement – In Paris, the European Space Agency (ESA) has just revealed its new promotion for astronauts. They are five elected, including the Frenchwoman Sophie Adinot
how many Four, five or six? How many men and how many women? And above all, will there be a Frenchman or even a Frenchman? Plenty of questions sparked an uproar at the Grand Palais Ephémère, in Paris, this Wednesday.
The European Space Agency (ESA) had taken over the building the day before, to hold its ministerial conference there. The main challenge: the approval of the 22 member states of the European Space Agency on the budget for the next three years and the space programs that will be funded during the same period.
But the long-awaited climax to the conference on Wednesday afternoon was much more than the announcement of a new group of astronauts for the European Space Agency. In other words, the lucky ones who will join the group of seven active European astronauts, including the Frenchman Thomas Pesquet.
With a delay on schedule, the curtain rose on this new promise at 3:40 p.m. First surprise, they are 17-year-olds appearing on stage. Five of them are in the category of professional astronauts, under contract with the European Space Agency from the start. The rest make up the “reserve” pool. They will remain employed by their current employers but may be quickly mobilized by the European Space Agency.
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