Meet ESA's class of 2022 astronauts 👇 #ESAastro2022
Britain has the para-astronaut candidate. John... but I missed his surname. D'oh! #CM22
Joining the ESA class of 2022 astronauts is John McFall, from the United Kingdom, as an astronaut with a physical disability. #ESAastro2022 👉https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Astronauts/John_McFall
Meet @esa astronaut Sophie Adenot. Sophie was born in 1982 in France. She specialised in spacecraft and aircraft flight dynamics. Sophie is also a helicopter test and rescue pilot, and worked as a cockpit design engineer. https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Astronauts/Sophie_Adenot
Meet @esa astronaut Pablo Álvarez Fernández. Pablo was born in 1988 in Spain. He is an aerospace engineer with experience in space development and testing. https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Astronauts/Pablo_Alvarez_Fernandez
Meet @esa astronaut Rosemary Coogan. Rosemary was born in 1991 in the UK. She holds a PhD in Astronomy, and has worked for @ESA_Euclid and @ESA_Webb telescope as a research fellow in space science. https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Astronauts/Rosemary_Coogan
Meet @esa astronaut Raphaël Liégeois. Raphaël was born in 1988 in Belgium. He is a biomedical engineer, holds a PhD in neuroscience and has a master’s degree in fundamental physics. https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Astronauts/Raphael_Liegeois
Meet @esa astronaut Marco Alain Sieber. Marco was born in 1989 in Switzerland. He holds a PhD in Medicine and is a specialist in emergency medicine. He has worked as a helicopter rescue medical doctor. https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Astronauts/Marco_Alain_Sieber
Five career astronauts selected, so the other 11 will be reserve astronauts. They apparently did not know who was who until now.
Brits in space. Christian (reserve), McFall (para), Coogan (career).
Well this has to be a first - four British @esa astronauts together! A great result for the #UK and continued cooperation with our European partners in human spaceflight 👏👏👍🚀
A quick breakdown of the newest ESA astronaut class.By country:UK - 3France, Germany, Italy, Spain - 2Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland - 1
By age:Youngest - 30 years oldOldest - 42 years oldAverage - 34.8 years oldBy highest education:Doctorate - 11Master's - 6By military status:Military - 7Civilian - 10
https://twitter.com/bbcamos/status/1595429017577988098QuoteBritain has the para-astronaut candidate. John... but I missed his surname. D'oh! #CM22https://twitter.com/esa/status/1595429538816823298QuoteJoining the ESA class of 2022 astronauts is John McFall, from the United Kingdom, as an astronaut with a physical disability. #ESAastro2022 👉https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Astronauts/John_McFall
N° 63–2022: ESA presents new generation of ESA astronauts23 November 2022The European Space Agency has chosen 17 new astronaut candidates from more than 22 500 applicants from across its Member States. In this new 2022 class of ESA astronauts are five career astronauts, 11 members of an astronaut reserve and one astronaut with a disability.ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher introduced the members of the 2022 ESA astronaut class, the first new recruits in 13 years, today at the Grand Palais Éphémère in Paris, France, shortly after the ESA Council at Ministerial level ended.The ESA astronaut candidates are:Name Member State (type: Career Astronaut, Member of the Astronaut Reserve, Parastronaut Feasibility Study Member)Sophie Adenot France Career AstronautPablo Álvarez Fernández Spain Career AstronautMeganne Christian UK Member of the Astronaut ReserveAnthea Comellini Italy Member of the Astronaut ReserveRosemary Coogan UK Career AstronautSara García Alonso Spain Member of the Astronaut ReserveRaphaël Liégeois Belgium Career AstronautJohn McFall UK Parastronaut Feasibility Study MemberAndrea Patassa Italy Member of the Astronaut ReserveCarmen Possnig Austria Member of the Astronaut ReserveArnaud Prost France Member of the Astronaut ReserveAmelie Schoenenwald Germany Member of the Astronaut ReserveMarco Sieber Switzerland Career AstronautAleš Svoboda Czech Republic Member of the Astronaut ReserveSławosz Uznański Poland Member of the Astronaut ReserveMarcus Wandt Sweden Member of the Astronaut ReserveNicola Winter Germany Member of the Astronaut Reserve “Today we welcome the 17 members of the new ESA astronaut class 2022. This ESA astronaut class is bringing ambition, talent and diversity in many different forms – to drive our endeavours, and our future.“The continuous exploration in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station, going forward to the Moon – and beyond,” said ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher.ESA’s director of Human and Robotic Exploration, David Parker, added “This is an extraordinary time for human spaceflight and for Europe. After the successful launch of Artemis I with ESA’s European Service Module powering Orion to the Moon, we are on the forefront of human space exploration. We are delighted to have this group of extremely talented people, to continue European science and operations on the International Space Station and beyond.”ESA’s new astronaut candidates will take up duty at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. They will be trained to the highest level of standards as specified by the International Space Station partners.Frank De Winne, head of the European Astronaut Centre and ESA’s International Space Station programme Manager said: “We are excited to welcome the new ESA astronaut class of 2022 and I am looking forward to see all these ambitious young career astronaut candidates joining us for their first training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023, going forward to explore and shape space exploration.”After completion of the 12-month basic training, the new astronauts will be ready to enter the next Space Station training phase and, once assigned to a mission, their training will be tailored to specific mission tasks.For the first time, ESA has established a reserve pool of astronauts. This reserve list is composed of astronaut candidates who were successful throughout the entire selection process but cannot be recruited at this point in time. Astronauts in the reserve remain with their current employers and will receive a consultancy contract and basic support. They will start basic training in case a flight opportunity has been identified.ESA also selected one astronaut candidate with a physical disability. He will take part in the Parastronaut Feasibility Project to develop options for the inclusion of astronauts with physical disabilities in human spaceflight and possible future missions.The ESA astronaut class 2022 includes five career astronauts, 11 reserve astronauts as well as one astronaut with a physical disability.
You can't make up coincidences like that: today, as NASA announces the crew of #ArtemisII (5pm Paris time), our new promotion of euro astronauts start at @ESA_EAC . Their (long 😅) training will lead them to the ISS in a few years. The future is now! @esaspaceflight @esa
👩🏻🚀👨🚀👩🚀👩🏻🚀👨🏻🚀🧑🏻🚀 Quite a few new faces to introduce! Welcome @Soph_astro, @Astro_Pablo_A, Rosemary Coogan, @Raph_Astro, Marco Sieber and @AussieAstroKa (from the @AusSpaceAgency)!#ESAastro2022 @esa @esaspaceflight
What’s on the menu for training, you ask? Astronautics, ISS and other spacecraft systems, science, and research, languages, more practical courses like survival, daily fitness, exploration… and much more 📚🤓 #ESAastro2022 @esa @esaspaceflight
A taste of space with world's first disabled astronaut John McFall
The past two weeks of basic training have been busy! We’ve had hands-on medical practice using plastic models, learning how to take blood and stitch wounds.
Next were lessons on photography and video, to teach us how to get good shots of both scientific experiments and the Earth, whilst we’re on the ISS.
Today was our first dive in the Neutral Buoyancy Facility, refreshing our SCUBA skills. A big thank you to @ESAstro_trainer and the whole team
https://www.esa.int/Newsroom/Press_Releases/ESA_proposes_Marcus_Wandt_from_Sweden_to_fly_on_a_future_Axiom_space_missionQuoteN° 28–2023: ESA proposes Marcus Wandt from Sweden to fly on a future Axiom space mission15 June 2023Media representatives are invited to a press event on Friday 16 June at 16:00 CEST in Stockholm with Marcus Wandt, member of the ESA astronaut reserve, and learn more about a future spaceflight with Axiom Space.Marcus Wandt was selected in November 2022 as a member of the ESA astronaut reserve after a year-long selection process. The 2022 ESA recruitment campaign received more than 22500 applications from across its Member States.The Swedish National Space Agency (SNSA), together with other partners, is cooperating with ESA and commercial space company Axiom Space to support a future mission to space with Marcus Wandt. ESA is currently in the process of coordinating this mission.ESA and SNSA are working on a proposal for an ambitious scientific, technological, and educational programme for Marcus that can be carried out inside Europe’s Columbus laboratory. Marcus joined the European Astronaut Corps on 1 June as an ESA project astronaut for the duration of his mission duties.The Swedish astronaut is following intensive training program to meet the high standards required for space flight.Marcus Wandt was born in 1980 and has an extensive experience as a military jet and test pilot for the Swedish Air Force.Media registrationJournalists who would like to attend the press conference in person or via Zoom need to register no later than Friday 16 June at 14:30 CEST. Please contact Linnea Ilbring ([email protected]) with your name, affiliation and whether you wish to join in person or virtually. Press Conference detailsTime: 16:00 (doors open at 15:30)Venue: Rödbodgatan 6, Stockholm or via ZoomESA Web TV offers a livestreaming of the complete event (from 16:00): www.esa.int/ESA_Web_TVParticipants- David Parker, ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration- Mats Persson, Swedish Minister for Education- Anna Rathsman, Director General of Swedish National Space Agency- Marcus Wandt, ESA Project AstronautFor interviews with Dr David Parker and Mr Marcus Wandt, please contact [email protected] .
N° 28–2023: ESA proposes Marcus Wandt from Sweden to fly on a future Axiom space mission15 June 2023Media representatives are invited to a press event on Friday 16 June at 16:00 CEST in Stockholm with Marcus Wandt, member of the ESA astronaut reserve, and learn more about a future spaceflight with Axiom Space.Marcus Wandt was selected in November 2022 as a member of the ESA astronaut reserve after a year-long selection process. The 2022 ESA recruitment campaign received more than 22500 applications from across its Member States.The Swedish National Space Agency (SNSA), together with other partners, is cooperating with ESA and commercial space company Axiom Space to support a future mission to space with Marcus Wandt. ESA is currently in the process of coordinating this mission.ESA and SNSA are working on a proposal for an ambitious scientific, technological, and educational programme for Marcus that can be carried out inside Europe’s Columbus laboratory. Marcus joined the European Astronaut Corps on 1 June as an ESA project astronaut for the duration of his mission duties.The Swedish astronaut is following intensive training program to meet the high standards required for space flight.Marcus Wandt was born in 1980 and has an extensive experience as a military jet and test pilot for the Swedish Air Force.Media registrationJournalists who would like to attend the press conference in person or via Zoom need to register no later than Friday 16 June at 14:30 CEST. Please contact Linnea Ilbring ([email protected]) with your name, affiliation and whether you wish to join in person or virtually. Press Conference detailsTime: 16:00 (doors open at 15:30)Venue: Rödbodgatan 6, Stockholm or via ZoomESA Web TV offers a livestreaming of the complete event (from 16:00): www.esa.int/ESA_Web_TVParticipants- David Parker, ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration- Mats Persson, Swedish Minister for Education- Anna Rathsman, Director General of Swedish National Space Agency- Marcus Wandt, ESA Project AstronautFor interviews with Dr David Parker and Mr Marcus Wandt, please contact [email protected] .
The next step of EVA training has started - diving with a continuous air supply from the surface, fed through long chords attached to our full-face masks. We could even talk to each other using microphones 🎙️ Thanks @ESAstro_trainer @COMEX_officiel !
Extravehicular activity and tools training! 🧑🚀 We completed our first “move dives” - moving around structures using only handrails and a limited range of motion, as would be imposed by an EVA suit. We were introduced to the equipment needed for EVAs, e.g. tethers, tools, and foot clamps, and we’ll be using them for the next dive🪛🔧🧰🌌
Experiencing the centrifuge was definitely a highlight of basic training so far. Spinning in the centrifuge simulated the increased g-forces we’ll feel during spaceflight, following profiles for launch and re-entry 🚀 We reached 6 times the Earth’s gravity, and saw how much more difficult it’ll be to move even our arms in those conditions!A huge thank you to the Royal Netherlands Air Force @Kon_Luchtmacht and @maykuy for organising this 🙏
I’m sorry to be missing the @ukspaceconf in Belfast #UKSC2023 but I’ve got a good excuse…This week the @esa astronaut reserve class are receiving briefings at the European Astronaut Centre!
Day 2 video diary from the @esa #Astronaut reserve briefing week, at the home of @esaspaceflight.I hope everyone at the @ukspaceconf is also enjoying themselves! #UKSC2023
Day 3 from the @esa #astronaut centre: visiting lots of @DLR_en facilities, and calls from both @AschbacherJosef attending the @ukspaceconf and @astro_marcus🇸🇪 training at @NASA_Johnson!And if you don't know about @ESA_CAVES yet…you're missing out
Video diary from the 4th day of briefings with the @esa #astronaut reserve corps in Cologne, exactly 1 year since the "Class of '22" was announced in Paris! What a year it's been... 👩🚀👨🚀We're excited for our first-to-fly classmate @astro_marcus for his #Muninn mission in Jan.!
Houston, you've got visitors! 👩🚀👨🚀Last week our astronaut candidates touched down at @NASA_Johnson to connect with fellow space explorers and explore @NASA's training facilities.Highlights were exploring the @Space_Station's mockups through walking and swimming, leaving the weightless floating to conquer on future missions 😉Read more about their visit and firsthand impressions here 👉
Houston, you've got visitors20/12/2023ESA / Science & Exploration / Human and Robotic ExplorationLast week, members of ESA’s astronaut class of 2022 embarked on their first overseas field trip. They visited NASA’s facilities at the Johnson Space Centre (JSC) in Houston, Texas, USA, to get familiar with the environment where they will spend a significant part of their training once assigned to a mission. The group included ESA astronaut candidates Sophie Adenot, Rosemary Coogan, Pablo Álvarez Fernández, Raphaël Liégeois, and Marco Sieber, ESA member of the reserve John McFall, alongside Katherine Bennell-Pegg from the Australian Space Agency. The candidates are currently undergoing basic astronaut training and familiarization primarily conducted at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany. The path to mission-readinessBasic training provides aspiring ESA astronauts with an overall familiarization of their forthcoming tasks and responsibilities. It includes general knowledge on space programmes and space agencies, as well as an introduction to various technical and scientific disciplines. They also got an overview of all Space Station onboard systems and spacecraft which service the station, along with special skills training including robotics and scuba diving for spacewalk training under water. When they complete the one-year basic training programme, an ESA astronaut candidate becomes eligible for mission assignments, marking the transition to mission-specific training. This phase concentrates on tailored preparation for the assigned space-flight mission and involves more training time with partner agencies such as NASA. As underlined by Alexander Gerst, ESA astronaut and lead of astronaut operations at EAC guiding the visit, “this trip is an important milestone not only in their basic training, but in their astronaut careers. Now they are ready to widen their perspective to get introduced into ISS real time operations, and the international partnership framework that we have with NASA and see how people operate at JSC.” Exploring the Johnson Space CentreTheir week-long stay at JSC offered an ideal opportunity for the group to familiarize with their upcoming training environments, meet their soon-to-be colleagues and counterparts as well as taking part in specialized training events. First stop for ESA’s astronaut candidates: an immersive experience exploring the Space Station architecture through a full-scale mock-up. “The moment I stepped into Building 9 and saw the full-scale mock-up was incredibly special. It was the first time I laid eyes on what could be my future home - a breath-taking marvel of human engineering that somehow felt surprisingly cosy”, says Marco. Following the overview, the astronaut candidates were briefed on emergency procedures and contingency communication related to the Space Station. They were also taking part in introductory exercises to familiarize them with specific habitability systems. “It was great having to learn more about some critical systems of the International Space Station and everything we will need in our everyday life later on, such as the astronauts’ planning tools, the storage systems and even the restrooms”, explains Raphaël. The visit also gave the candidates a first-hand experience at JSC’s control centre, showcasing real-time communication and operational procedures with the Space Station, guided by Capcom. Capcom directly communicates with astronauts aboard their spacecraft at NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston.Meanwhile, EAC oversees communication through the European Communicator and Medical Operations (EUROCOM), linking ESA's Columbus Control Centre, User Support and Operations Centres (USOCs) across Europe, and astronauts from diverse countries involved in ESA activities on the Space Station. “Seeing Mission Control in action was like witnessing a perfectly choreographed performance. The teamwork, quick decisions, and expertise were incredible. It made me realize how much I love challenges and exploring. It inspired me that I could be part of that coordinated effort in the heart of space missions one day”, says Pablo. Next on the programme was an all-time favourite of all future and experienced astronauts: spacewalk training. All the ESA astronaut candidates had previously received certification for diving in ESA's Neutral Buoyancy Facility (NBF) at EAC as part of their basic training, preparing them for underwater spacewalk training aimed at simulating the weightless experience of space. During their time at NASA’s JSC, the astronaut candidates had the opportunity to explore the 12-meter-deep Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL). This facility hosts a replica of the entire Space Station, where astronauts can perform underwater simulations of spacewalks, or extravehicular activities (EVA), using the US spacesuit, known as the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU). As part of their visit, while scuba diving themselves, the group observed a full space suit dive, providing them with a more comprehensive understanding of the process and first-hand experience in the simulation. “I was very impressed to see all the modules of the Space Station replica underwater and the paths to follow during a spacewalk. Conducting an EVA training underwater requires a huge team of highly skilled personnel. I really enjoyed this dive: it helped me visualise what spacewalk training will consist of and I am really looking forward to come back to the NBL for the full EVA training flow!”, says Sophie. Meanwhile, John McFall, a member of the ESA astronaut reserve and subject matter expert involved in the Fly! Feasibility Study, also benefited from the trip by taking part in selected events dedicated to the study's goals. The Fly! study focusses on understanding what it would take for people with physical disabilities to become professional astronauts and safely participate in meaningful space missions. ‘’Like many things in human space exploration, the Fly! Study requires international collaboration, and we’ve been delighted to have had such great support from NASA already. This visit is an opportunity to build on that relationship and further increase awareness of this unique project and the progressive and aspirational work we’re doing at ESA”, explains John. Beyond offering the first glimpse into a potential future training location and to round up the trip, the visit also served as a platform for our candidates to forge connections and interact with potential future colleagues from NASA, fostering professional relationships and knowledge exchange. “I found it really useful to get to know our future colleagues at NASA, who we’ll be working with closely during assigned training. It was great to meet and share experiences with those who are on a journey very similar to our own”, says Rosemary. Guiding the next generationFor ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, currently serving as liaison officer between EAC and JSC in Houston, organizing the visit turned out to be a resounding success. Being the European representative on-site and well-acquainted with all the people and facilities, Luca took pleasure in guiding them around while passing on his experience and knowledge to the next generation. “I think this was a very interesting time for all of us. I loved seeing the stars in their eyes when they entered the full-scale mock-up of the Space Station and then again during the dive inside NBL. It gave them a unique training opportunity and learning experience, complementing basic training, and providing them with a first real look and feel of future missions”, he says. Together with his fellow Shenanigan Alexander Gerst, they reflected on their first visit to the NASA facilities and designed the programme with a focus not only on training and professional development but also on providing a human perspective. “It is great to see them thrive and acquire the skills they need to fly to the Space Station for complex long duration missions. It reminds me of my own time in basic training. It is an honour and a pleasure for me to now pass on some of my experience to the next generation”, adds Alexander.