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ESA to hire first disabled astronaut

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The European Space Agency (ESA) is set to hire and launch the world’s 1st physically disabled astronaut. The 22-member space programme has just closed its latest decennial recruitment call for astronauts and received more than 22,000 applicants. ESA will give a message to the world that ‘Space is for everyone.

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European Space Agency is facing tough competition from private players and other space agencies for launching commercial satellites. The ESA, whose Ariane rocket once dominated the market for commercial satellite launches, faces ever stiffer competition from tech-funded upstarts like Mr Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Mr Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

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  • European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organization of 22 member states;
  • European Space Agency was established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris.

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