Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Anyone need a job?

The European Space Agency (ESA) on Tuesday called for applications for one of the most demanding human experiments in space history: a simulated trip to Mars in which six "astronauts" will spend 17 months in an isolation tank on Earth.

The main selection criteria are as follows:

  • Aged 25-50 years
  • Good health
  • High motivation
  • Height up to 185cm
  • Background and work experience in one of the following fields: medicine, biology, life support systems engineering, computer engineering, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering
  • The working languages during the studies will be English and Russian, therefore fluency in one and working knowledge of the other language is highly desired.
  • Availability for the whole duration of the study
  • Non-smoker, no addictions (alcohol, illicit drugs, etc.)
  • Candidates must be willing to volunteer for medical and psychological investigations.
  • The candidate’s nationality and residence is restricted to ESA member states participating in the ELIPS and/or Aurora core programs (Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Norway, The Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom or Canada).

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