Disabled people apply to jet into space

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Over 22,000 budding rocketeers have applied to be the first disabled astronaut after The European Space Agency (ESA) launched its intergalactic quest earlier this year.

The organisation is looking for 22 members in its latest programme to send a team of intrepid explorers into space.

Josef Ashbacher, head of ESA, announced last week he would like to see one of the places going to a disabled person.

"We would like to launch an astronaut with a disability, which would be the first time ever,” Aschbacher said. "But I'm also happy for ESA because it shows that space is for everyone, and that's something I'd like to convey."

The ESA took advice from the International Paralympic Committee before they started taking applications in March from people with disabilities.

All successful candidates must have a master’s degree (or higher) in Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine or a qualified experimental test pilot.

The Apollo astronauts' footprints on the moon will probably stay there for at least 100 million years.