The European Space Agency announced that former Paralympic athlete John McFall has been selected as the world’s first disabled astronaut. McFall, 41, won a bronze medal at the 2008 Paralympics.
With the developing technology, our space studies have accelerated. So much so that these days, we are taking great strides to carry out manned missions to the Moon and Mars, while sending telescopes into space that will reveal the secrets of the universe. Astronauts, who undergo rigorous training to take part in these missions, are also of great importance to our research.
Now, there has been a historical development regarding astronauts. The European Space Agency (ESA) made an announcement last week. the world’s first paraastronaut; i.e. the first disabled astronaut announced his election. This person; 41-year-old UK national, former Paralympic athlete John McFall.
McFall, who is also a doctor, won a bronze medal at the 2008 Paralympics.
100 meters at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics bronze medal McFall, who also won, ESA’s attempt to ‘open the way to space for a professional astronaut with physical disabilities’ Parastronaut Feasibility He became the first member of the project to be selected. McFall died in a motorcycle accident when he was 19 years old. his right leg had lost. The world’s first paraastronaut is also a doctor Let’s not go without adding that it is.
McFall, 41, One of 17 astronauts selected from 23,000 candidates achieved this success. The newly selected astronauts are based in Cologne, Germany. to the European Astronaut Center It was stated that he would be sent to the school and he would receive 12 months of training there. It was stated that further training would follow if they were appointed to any task.
McFall also said in his statements, “The message I will give to future generations; “Science is for everyone and space travel can be for everyone.” used the phrases. Of course, one wonders how a physical disability will affect the astronaut’s performance in space, which is already a challenging environment. ESA wants to find out, too, and see what modifications to vehicles, clothing and other technology will be needed to get paraastronauts in space.
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This move, space agencies aims to increase astronaut diversity expanding. Let’s add that eight of the 17 astronauts selected by ESA from different countries are women. Likewise, NASA wants to make moves on diversity. With the Artemis mission, which will take humanity back to the Moon years later, the agency aims to ensure that a woman and people of a different ethnicity set foot on the satellite for the first time.