I’ve spent the last few weeks working on my ESA Astronaut Application offline. Having a month from the time the application process opened, before the submission deadline, has given me time to mull over some of the questions. It’s also given me time to collate all the data too, such as the name, address, manager and salary of every job I’ve ever had, of which there have been many.
The last 2 evenings has seen me putting all the information in, reviewing it, fiddling with bits, correcting and elaborating, until finally I was happy with the application as a whole. Now it’s just a waiting game to see how I fair and whether I will advance to the next stage. I would say wish me luck, but I don’t actually believe in luck. “Luck” is where opportunity and preparation meet. The opportunity has arisen, and now only time will tell whether I was prepared for it or not.
I’ve put a lot of thought into how my life will change if I am selected and it’s a pretty exciting prospect. Certainly the course of the future will change radically, with a permanent move to Germany and the potential for long term stays in Russia and America. Of course that will all pale into insignificance compared to the chance to actually go into space!