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Announcement of ESA's new class of astronauts

ESA’s new class of astronauts is announced on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 at the Grand Palais Éphémère (GPE) in Paris. The new class includes career astronauts, reserve astronauts as well as astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project.

Last year and for the first time since 2008, ESA launched a call for applications and it received more than 22 500 valid applications. Today, ESA now reveals which of these were successful.

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Announcement of ESA Astronaut Class of 2022

These 17 astronaut candidates were among the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

The names of the selected candidates were announced on 23 November 2022, following the ESA Council at Ministerial level.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

ESA DG reacts to outcome of CM22

The ESA Council at Ministerial level (CM22) is taking place in Paris, France, on 22 and 23 November. ESA’s Member States, Associate Members and Cooperating States are invited to together strengthen Europe’s space ambitions and ensure that space continues to serve European citizens.

ESA Council Meeting at Ministerial Level - Media Conference

Watch the replay of the press conference that brings the Council Meeting at Ministerial Level in Paris (CM22) to a close. ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher, as well as the hosting minister and the CM22 chair, present the outcome of this high-level meeting that takes place on 22 and 23 November. ESA’s plans for the next three years reflect the needs to raise Europe up another level in space activities, and to ensure that space continues to serve European citizens.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Sophie Adenot

Sophie Adenot, from France, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, she talks about the reasons that motivated her to apply for the position and her passion for space exploration.

Sophie Adenot is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Rosemary Coogan

Rosemary Coogan, from United Kingdom, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, she talks about the reasons that motivated her to apply for the position and his/her passion for space exploration.

Rosemary Coogan is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Arnaud Prost

Arnaud Prost, from France, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, he talks about the reasons that motivated him to apply for the position and his passion for space exploration.

Arnaud Prost is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Raphaël Liégeois

Raphaël Liégeois, from Belgium, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, he talks about the reasons that motivated him to apply for the position and his passion for space exploration.

Raphaël Liégeois is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Carmen Possnig

Carmen Possnig, from Austria, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, she talks about the reasons that motivated her to apply for the position and her passion for space exploration.

Carmen Possnig is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Pablo Álvarez Fernández

Pablo Álvarez Fernández, from Spain, is a member of the ESAAstronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, he/she talks about the reasons that motivated him/her to apply for the position and his/her passion for space exploration.

Pablo Álvarez Fernández is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Amelie Schoenenwald

Amelie Schoenenwald, from Germany, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, he/she talks about the reasons that motivated him/her to apply for the position and his/her passion for space exploration.

Amelie Schoenenwald is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Nicola Winter

Nicola Winter, from Germany, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, she talks about the reasons that motivated her to apply for the position and her passion for space exploration.

Nicola Winter is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – John McFall

John McFall, from United Kingdom, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, he talks about the reasons that motivated him to apply for the position and his passion for space exploration.

John McFall is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Meganne Christian

Meganne Christian, from United Kingdom, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, she talks about the reasons that motivated her to apply for the position and hher passion for space exploration.

Meganne Christian is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Anthea Comellini

Anthea Comellini, from Italy, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, she talks about the reasons that motivated her to apply for the position and her passion for space exploration.

Anthea Comellini is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Sławosz Uznański

Sławosz Uznański, from Poland, is a member of the ESAAstronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, he/she talks about the reasons that motivated him/her to apply for the position and his/her passion for space exploration.

Sławosz Uznański is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Andrea Patassa

Andrea Patassa, from Italy, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, he talks about the reasons that motivated him to apply for the position and his passion for space exploration.

Andrea Patassa is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Marco Sieber

Marco Sieber, from Switzerland, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, he talks about the reasons that motivated him to apply for the position and his passion for space exploration.

Marco Sieber is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Aleš Svoboda

Aleš Svoboda, from Czech Republic, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, he/she talks about the reasons that motivated him/her to apply for the position and his/her passion for space exploration.

Aleš Svoboda is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Marcus Wandt

Marcus Wandt, from Sweden, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, he talks about the reasons that motivated him to apply for the position and his passion for space exploration.

Marcus Wandt is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Sara García Alonso

Sara García Alonso, from Spain, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022. In this interview, she talks about the reasons that motivated her to apply for the position and her passion for space exploration.

Sara García Alonso is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Interviews

Set of interviews to ESA’s new class of astronauts. The ESAAstronaut Class of 2022 includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project.

In 2021, ESA opened the first call for new astronauts since 2008. The European Space Agency received more than 22 500 valid applications to join the European astronaut corps on missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

The names of the selected candidates were announced on 23 November 2022, following the ESA Council at Ministerial level.

CM22 Portrait of the Ministers

Front row:

Elvira Fortunato, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal,
Martin Kupka, Minister of Transport, Czech Republic,
Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Innovation and Technology, Austria,
Franz Fayot, Minister of the Economy, Minister for Development Coordination and Humanitarian Affairs, Luxembourg,
Teresa Riesgo, Secretary General for Innovation at Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain,
Adolofo Urso, Minister of Enterprises and Made in Italy,
Philippe Battiste, President of French space agency, CNES
ESA - European Space Agency Director General Josef Aschbacher,
Anna Christmann, Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, Germany,
Anna Rathsman, Director General of the Swedish Space Agency, Sweden,
George Freeman, Minister for Science, Research & Innovation, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom,
Thomas Dermine, State Secretary for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investments in charge of Science Policy, Belgium,
Martina Hirayama, State Secretary for  Education, Research and Innovation, Switzerland,
Sebastiaan-Ioan Burudja, Minister of Research and Digitalization, Romania,
Timo Pesonen, Director General, Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space, European Commission (DG-Defis). 

Second Row:

Ján Horeccký, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport, Slovakia,
Anita Muižniece, Minister for Education and Science, Ministry of Education and Science, Latvia,
Athanasios Staveris-Polykalas, Secretary General of Telecommunications and Post, Ministry of Digital Governance, Greece,
Annemarie Falktoft, Deputy Director, Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science, Denmark,
Anne Marit Bjørnflaten, State Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Norway,
Maria Nilsson, State Secretary, Ministry of Education and Research, Sweden,
Damien English, Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Ireland,
Ilona Lundström, Director General, Innovations and Enterprise Financing, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland,
Guido Biessen, Acting Director General for Enterprise and Innovation, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Netherlands,
Sille Kraam, Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia,
Kamila Król, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, Poland,
Matevž Frangež, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport, Slovakia,
Eglė Markevičiūtė, Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania. 

Third Row:

Lisa Campbell, President of the Canadia Space Agency (CSA),
Keith Azzopardi Tanti, Permanent Secretary for Youth, Research and Innovation, Malta,
Alexander Georgiev Poulev, Minister of Growth and Education, Bulgaria,
Peter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary,
Nicolas Walter, CEO, European Science Foundation (ESF),
Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director, European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA),
Philippe Merlo, Director, European Green Sky Directorate, EGSD, EUROCONTROL,
Sorin Dumitro Ducaru, Director, European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen),
Leendert Bal, Head of Department for Safety, Security and Surveillance, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA),
Philip Evans, Director General, European Origanisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT),
Emilio Fajardo, Director Industry, Synergies & Enablers, European Defence Agency (EDA).

(Not present for the photograph: Robert Habeck, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Germany)

FutureEO: 4DAntarctica

Bringing together the latest scientific results from ESA’s FutureEO programme, a team led by ESA and UK researchers are advancing towards a better understanding of the Antarctic system. These results, which encompass the ice, ocean, lithosphere and atmosphere, are the building blocks of an advanced reconstruction of Antarctica.

“The FutureEO programme gave us the framework and means to assemble a unique blend of UK academics and tech companies. This programme is vital to strengthen UK's leadership in climate science and technology,” commented Noel Gourmelen, Project Leader of the 4DAntarctica project.

Through FutureEO – ESA’s core Earth observation research and development programme – ESA is committed to maintaining its responsibility for Europe’s strategic autonomy in Earth science and spaceborne technology.

FutureEO not only harnesses new ideas to develop pioneering satellite missions and concepts, but it also fosters innovative ways of using Earth observation data that enables scientific excellence to flourish. The programme underpins the development of scientific and operational satellite missions dedicated to delivering data to address environmental challenges of tomorrow – as well as improving daily lives and boosting the economy. Read more about FutureEO by clicking here.

Family portrait

The Orion spacecraft with European Service Module (left), Earth (middle) and the Moon (right) are captured in this ‘family portrait’ by Orion’s solar array camera during the spacecraft’s closet approach to the lunar surface.

Six days into the 25-day Artemis I mission, the Orion spacecraft performed a key manoeuvre: just a little more than 130 km from the lunar surface, the main engine on the European Service Module – a repurposed Space Shuttle engine that is now on its 20th spaceflight – fired for just under 150 seconds to push the spacecraft and head towards a lunar orbit using the Moon’s gravity to reduce fuel consumption.

The manoeuvre, known as the Outbound Powered Flyby, was another success for the Artemis I mission, whose goal is to test the mission profile, the spacecraft, and the people operating it in preparation for flights with astronauts on future missions.

The European Service Module is powering Orion around the Moon and back, providing propulsion, temperature control, electricity as well as storage and delivery for essential supplies such as fuel, water and air.

Mission control for Orion is at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA, where European engineers are on hand at all times to offer in-depth expertise on the finer details of the service module. The mission evaluation room based at ESA’s technical heart in The Netherlands also has personnel round the clock in direct communication with their US and European colleagues in mission control in Houston.

“Operationally the spacecraft is performing perfectly and the international collaboration with this new spacecraft with new flight rules is great to see,” says ESA’s Programme Manager for the European Service Modules, Philippe Deloo, “The teams across both sides of the Atlantic are showing exemplary skills, knowledge and teamwork leading humankind forward to the Moon.”

Stunning new imagery of Earth from a human-rated spacecraft such as this image is also important to the mission, bringing the wonder of space exploration to the public some 50 years after the last Apollo mission.

This photo was taken by a Go-Pro fastened to the end of one of four 7 m-long solar array, and connects to the spacecraft over a wireless network. The solar arrays provide enough electricity to power two households on Earth.

Find the latest updates on Artemis I on the ESA Orion blog and on Twitter @esaspaceflight.

ESA Council Meeting at Ministerial Level - Statements continue

It is time for critical decisions about space in Europe. For two days on 22 and 23 November, ESA Member States, Associate States and Cooperating States observers are gathering in Paris to discuss how to strengthen Europe’s space sector for the benefit of all - including climate change monitoring and mitigation, secure communications under European control and rapid and resilient crisis response.

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ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Rosemary Coogan

Rosemary Coogan, from the United Kingdom, is a member of the ESA Astronaut Class of 2022.

Rosemary Coogan is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

The names of the selected candidates were announced on 23 November 2022, following the ESA Council at Ministerial level.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Andrea Patassa

Andrea Patassa, from Italy, is a member of the ESAAstronaut Class of 2022.

Andrea Patassa is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

The names of the selected candidates were announced on 23 November 2022, following the ESA Council at Ministerial level.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Aleš Svoboda

Aleš Svoboda, from Czech Republic, is a member of the ESAAstronaut Class of 2022.

Aleš Svoboda is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

The names of the selected candidates were announced on 23 November 2022, following the ESA Council at Ministerial level.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

ESA Astronaut Class of 2022 – Sara García Alonso

Sara García Alonso, from Spain, is a member of the ESAAstronaut Class of 2022.

Sara García Alonso is one of the more than 22 500 candidates who submitted a valid application in 2021 in response to ESA’s call for new astronauts for missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

The names of the selected candidates were announced on 23 November 2022, following the ESA Council at Ministerial level.

ESA’s new class of astronauts includes career astronauts, members for the astronaut reserve and astronauts with a physical disability for a feasibility project. They will start a 12-month basic training at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in spring 2023.

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