Who is the first parastronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA)

Who is the first parastronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA)
Who is the first parastronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA)

THE European Space Agency (ESA) presented on Wednesday the 23rd its first parastronaut. Comprised of 22 countries, the ESA said it selected the former British Paralympic sprinter John McFall as part of a new generation of 17 rookies chosen for astronaut training.

He will participate in a feasibility study that will allow ESA to assess the conditions necessary for people with disabilities to participate in future missions. “It’s been a pretty turbulent experience as, as an amputee, I never thought being an astronaut was a possibility, so the excitement was a huge thrill,” McFall said in a statement.

After a motorcycle accident that resulted in the amputation of his right leg at the age of 19, he learned to race again. He became a professional track and field athlete in 2005, moving on to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland as a Paralympic sprinter, class T42. As an athlete, he was a member of the UK Athletics Council.

In 2014, McFall graduated with a medical degree from Cardiff University School of Medicine in the United Kingdom. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2016 and is currently a trauma and orthopedic specialist working in the south of England.

He will join five new career astronauts and 11 reserves in training after the ESA refreshed its astronaut ranks for the first time since 2009. The agency opened vacancies last year for people able to pass its psychological, cognitive and other tests. . In theory, volunteers would only be prevented from becoming astronauts in the case of incompatibilities or restrictions on equipment for disabilities.

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