Friday Fun – 8413 ESA Astronaunt Applicants

Being busy making all the Olympic weightlifting videos meant that I am a bit late posting about the developments with week with NASA and ESA. So I thought I’d roll it into a Friday Fun post too. So here’s a nice spot the difference competition, courtesy of NASA.

Whilst looking innocuous, this is one of the most monumental photographs in the history of man kinds space program. It’s the picture of the Phoenix space craft on Mars, digging in the dirt and finding ice just beneath the surface. This discovery is what is going to make a Martian Base possible.

It’s also a great spot the difference picture. Can you see the rocks of ice that have evaporated in the 2nd pic?

In other astronauty news, ESA has revealed that far from the 50,000 suspected applicants only 8,413 people from across the whole of Europe submitted an ESA Astronaut Application. The list includes just 822 people from the UK, 697 men and 167 women.

The quick amongst you will have spotted that 697 + 167 does not = 822! That’s because included in the break down figures are 42 people who indicated this country as their 2nd citizenship.

Either way, that’s a lot of application forms for them to trawl through. The applicants successfully making the next stage get to attend psychological testing, defined as:

Those tests aim to identify the psychological and technical skills of the applicants, who will be tested in different fields including visual memory and psychomotor aptitude.

Sounds like fun! 🙂

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  • Steve J 28 June 2008, 11:15 pm

    Hi there! I’ve been doing crossfit for 5 weeks after reading ‘sweat storm’ in muscle and fitness magazine. I’ve thrown myself into it pretty much but I’d really appreciate some help.
    I’ve emailed crossfit Manchester and left a voicemail on the number shown on the site but so far not heard anything.
    I’m based in Wigan and could really do with some coaching on the more gymnastic elements of crossfit.
    Your help would be seriously welcome!

  • Colin McNulty 30 June 2008, 9:02 am

    Hi Steve,

    Another Manchester Crossfitter, excellent!

    Hmmm don’t know what the issue is there, all the contact details at >a href=””> are current as far as I’m aware. 07970 441171 is Marks phone number and 07733 234412 is Karls.

    Best time to call them is outside of gym session hours, so 10-12am and 2-4pm weekdays, or at the weekends.

    If you don’t get hold of them in the next few days, post your phone number up here and I’ll get it to them.


  • Colin McNulty 30 June 2008, 2:24 pm

    I spoke to Mark today Steve, he says he’s had neither an email nor telephone message from you. Call him on 07970 441171 and leave a message. He’s expecting you.

  • Steve J 30 June 2008, 9:58 pm

    Thanks ever so much!

    I’ll phone him tomorrow. Weird he didn’t get my email, I thought it was strange.

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