80 candidates from Lithuania, including 62 men and 18 women, are partaking in the European Space Agency's astronaut selection, with a total of almost 22,600 applications received so far this year, almost triple of the number of applications received during the last selection in 2008.
© Scanpix

"It's historic, having so many applications for a handful of jobs. It shows that the competition is high," ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher told a press conference on Wednesday.

Applications could be submitted by June 18.

The ESA's head of human spaceflight and robotic exploration David Parker says the deadline had been extended for astronauts from Lithuania had time to submit their applications after Lithuanian became the ESA'a associate member in late May.

"Lithuania became our latest associate member state of the European Space Agency right at the end of May this year. That was one of the reasons why we slightly extended the opening period for candidate astronauts to apply. We are delighted to see 80 applications from Lithuania," he told the press conference.

4-6 regular astronauts will be picked by the end of 2022, as well as up to 20 reserve astronauts, including one astronaut with a disability, the ESA representatives said.

Lithuania has so far not had astronauts who have flown into the space.

It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

EU adopts forest strategy to protect old forests, plant 3 billion new trees

The European Union has endorsed a new Forest Strategy for 2030 that sets out plans to protect old...

Florian Rabitz. Why do the origins of the coronavirus matter?

From the beginning of the current pandemic, the predominant scientific hypothesis has been that the...

ESA receives 80 astronaut applications from Lithuania

80 candidates from Lithuania, including 62 men and 18 women, are partaking in the European Space...

XI World Lithuanian Sports Games to take place in mid-July next year

The XI World Lithuanian Sports Games, which had been scheduled to take place this July, have been...

How tourism will look like in Lithuania this summer

“It is neither easy to forecast the tourism growth this year nor how it will be during this summer...

Top news

Minister: Lithuania might introduce mandatory vaccination for certain workers in fall

Vaccination against the coronavirus might become mandatory for certain professions in Lithuania in the...

Some 1,500 migrants to be housed in Rudininkai training area

Around 1,500 illegal migrants will be accommodated in a tent camp in Rudnininkai military training...

96 new COVID-19 cases

On Sunday, 96 new COVID-19 cases were detected in Lithuania. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the...

Mandatory COVID-19 testing for certain professions comes into force (2)

Mandatory testing for COVID-19 is coming into force in Lithuania on Monday as the country battles to...

Anyksciai wants to research its four history centuries, attract tourists (1)

Lithuania's northeastern city of Anyksciai wants a study carried out into its historic development in...