European Space Agency (ESA) has released an offer to the labor market: astronauts are required. This application has received more than 22,589 candidates throughout the EU, 1,344 of whom are Spanish.
Such a large number of applications is a significant improvement on the last call for proposals, made in 2008, when 8,413 people applied. This time, the offer includes a historical novelty: the first astronaut with a disability is called. A total of 257 people has applied for this particular position, 13 of whom are Spanish.
Our country would rank fifth in requests after other leading countries such as France or Germany. This may be due to the "democratization" of the aerospace industry thanks to figures such as Elon Musk or the rise of space tourism, still reserved for a select few.
Although there have been many bids, it is not so easy to pass the requirements filters. First of all, only EU members of ESA member states are eligible to apply. In terms of qualifications, at least three years of professional experience in the fields of science and technology are required, as well as a master's degree and a very high level of English.