posted 01-18-2017 01:38 PM
On Jan. 18, 2017, the ESA Director General Dr. Wörner held a media briefing at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France.
It was announced that all six astronauts of the latest ESA astronaut selection group (Gerst, Mogensen, Parmitano, Cristoforetti, Pesquet and Peake) are foreseen for a second flight.
Also, Pedro Duque is assignable for a third flight. Alexander Gerst and Paolo Nespoli are already assigned to a second respectively a third mission. Roberto Vittori likes to return to flight status.
In the media briefing, a new name of a German astronaut popped up who was in a reserve position in the last years. Matthias Maurer also applied for the ESA Astronaut Class in 2008 and he already got an assignment as EuroCom.
Maurer already participated as an ESA member in the international NEEMO 21 and CAVES 2014 missions (analogue studies). The presentation says that Dr. Maurer is already assignable for a mission.
So let's keep the fingers crossed for all the forementioned ESA astronauts that they will be assigned to more and fantastic and interesting missions.