John McFall… the first astronaut of the people of determination
The European Space Agency on Wednesday selected its first-ever astronaut with a disability, a big step towards enabling people with physical disabilities to work and live in space.
The agency, which covers 22 countries, said it has selected British Paralympic runner John McFall as part of a new group selected to train to become an astronaut.
McFall will participate in a feasibility study designed to allow the agency to assess the conditions needed for people with disabilities to participate in future space missions.
McFall will join five new early-career astronauts and 11 reservists-in-training after the European Space Agency replenished its astronaut ranks for the first time since 2009.
And the European Space Agency last year published job vacancies for those who can pass their usual rigorous psychological and cognitive tests and other screenings without qualifications, and who are only prevented from becoming astronauts given their disabilities because of the limitations of the equipment used. and it got 257 applications to fill an astronaut position with determined people or something. It’s called Parastronout.
The agency said McFall will work with its engineers to understand the hardware changes needed to open up professional spaceflight to a broader group of qualified candidates.
McFall was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in the amputation of his right leg at the age of 19. At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, he won the bronze medal in the 100-meter dash.
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