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ESA is looking for astronauts with disabilities for the first time

Until May 28, 2021, the European Space Agency ESA is looking for astronauts with disabilities. The program is called "Parastronaut".

The ESA wants to investigate under which circumstances a candidate with a physical disability can fly to the ISS space station. It is not yet clear, however, whether the chosen candidate will actually take part in a space mission in the end. Also, this first call is not (yet) addressed to people in a wheelchair, but to:

  • People with one or two prosthetic feet/legs;
  • People with legs of different lengths;
  • People with a height below 130 cm.

Nevertheless, we think: An important first step towards inclusion also in space 😀.

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