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    Wanted British Women To Go Into Space

    Tell your daughters -

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...to-go-to-space

    British women are being encouraged to seize a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to go to space, after the European Space Agency (Esa) extended its deadline to apply to be one of its new astronauts.
    The agency is seeking to recruit 26 astronauts – a process only undertaken once in about a decade – and is hoping to attract a more diverse cohort. People with some disabilities are being urged to put themselves forward for the first time.

    “For pretty much everyone applying now, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so women who are on the fence about whether or not they should apply should just go for it,” said Bluebell Drummond, a member of Cavendish Inspiring Women – a group of Cambridge physicists who work to support women in science.

    She said: “Hopefully, younger women and girls thinking about if this is something they could apply to in the future will be encouraged and realise that it’s not incompatible with other dreams they might have.

    “You don’t need to join the RAF and be a test pilot to be an astronaut any more. You can be a medical doctor or a marine biologist or loads of different things.”

    Libby Jackson, the UK Space Agency’s human exploration programme manager, agreed, saying: “We expect the next British professional astronaut to come from this corps, so this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some people and they shouldn’t miss it.” She agreed that it was important to encourage more women to apply, adding that the agency also wanted more British people in general to come forward.

    The UK’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, was among those to praise Esa for focusing on the diversity of its astronaut corps when it announced the opening of the new selection process in February, while Esa’s director general Jan Wörner has said: “Diversity is not a burden for us. Diversity is an asset.”

    For the first time, the agency has opened a “parastronaut feasibility project to assess the conditions for including astronauts with disabilities to work in space”. It includes people who have issues with their lower limbs, as well as those shorter than 1.3m (4ft 3in).

    Speaking in February, Tim Peake, the British astronaut selected in the last round in 2009, hailed the move, saying: “It’s about ability, it’s not about disability.” And the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti added: “When it comes to space travel, we are all disabled. We did not evolve to go to space. And so [sending an individual with a physical disability into space] becomes a question of technology.”
    "You’re just a bad memory who doesn’t know when to go away" JR

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    me! me! me!

    I'd love to go!

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      #3
      Job spec is here. https://jobs.esa.int/job/Porz-Wahn-A...SOC/662874901/

      I don't meet the education requirement nor the second language one.

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        #4
        It may sound unfair and discriminatory, but women shouldn't go into space until they've had all the kids they plan to:

        2013-08-27 Female Astronauts Face Discrimination from Space Radiation Concerns, Astronauts Say
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          #5
          Originally posted by ladymuck View Post
          Job spec is here. https://jobs.esa.int/job/Porz-Wahn-A...SOC/662874901/

          I don't meet the education requirement nor the second language one.

          Doesn't mean you can't find someone who you know who fits....
          "You’re just a bad memory who doesn’t know when to go away" JR

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            #6
            Originally posted by ladymuck View Post
            Job spec is here. https://jobs.esa.int/job/Porz-Wahn-A...SOC/662874901/

            I don't meet the education requirement nor the second language one.

            Russian will be enough up there - I can teach you a handful of swear words that will be more than sufficient vocabulary

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              #7
              Originally posted by ladymuck View Post
              Job spec is here. https://jobs.esa.int/job/Porz-Wahn-A...SOC/662874901/

              I don't meet the education requirement nor the second language one.

              Astronaut

              Job Req ID: 12355
              Closing Date: 18 June 2021
              Publication: Internal & External
              Vacancy Type: Permanent
              Date Posted: 31 March 2021
              Does this mean you stay up there?

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                #8
                Originally posted by ladymuck View Post
                Job spec is here. https://jobs.esa.int/job/Porz-Wahn-A...SOC/662874901/

                I don't meet the education requirement nor the second language one.

                Just to ease the blow, they don't have a bar up there...
                His heart is in the right place - shame we can't say the same about his brain...

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by ladymuck View Post
                  Job spec is here. https://jobs.esa.int/job/Porz-Wahn-A...SOC/662874901/

                  I don't meet the education requirement nor the second language one.

                  It would be a bit of a challenge for me to peer through your curtains late at night as well!
                  Last edited by northernladuk; 7 June 2021, 14:25.
                  'CUK forum personality of 2011 - Winner - Yes really!!!!

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                    #10
                    I can see a few space cadets on here, but not many astronauts.
                    The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn't exist

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