First time in 13 years European Space Agency (THIS IS) hired new astronauts. And for the first time in 30 years, we have two new Spanish astronauts. Curiously, both are from Leon. called Pablo Alvarez D Sara Garciaand if all goes well, he might be the first Spaniards stepping on Moon… D Mars.

ESA chose 17 new astronauts. 5 starters, including Pablo Alvarez, 11 substitutes, including Sarah Garcia, and a disabled astronaut. They will be responsible for the next missions to be carried out by ESA.

It is very likely that at least one of them will go to the International Space Station at some point in their career. But they all serve the same purpose: trip to the moon what THIS IS plans to implement in 2030. And, later, Trip to Mars.

As explained in the Ministry of Science, Spain has increased the budget allocated for THIS ISuntil it reaches 300 million euros. Our country is the fourth member that contributes the most.

It seems to be a lot of money, but our country you received almost 10% more than you paid in contracts with Spanish companies that are involved in the production of components for satellites and spacecraft.

Who are the Spanish astronauts?

The last Spanish ESA astronaut was the former Minister of Science and Innovation. Pedro Dukeelected 30 years ago, in 1992. We have another astronaut born here, Miguel Lopez-Alegriaalthough he worked for NASA.

Pablo Alvarez has a good chance of being first Spaniard to walk on the moon. If ESA organizes a mission for 2030 with 2 or 3 crew members, since Pablo is one of ESA’s five full-time astronauts (along with existing ones who will retire), the opportunities are great.

Pablo Alvarez He is 34 years old, originally from Leon, graduated from the university. Aviation engineer at the University of Leon. He also holds a master’s degree in space technology from the Warsaw University of Technology. He is fluent in English, French and Polish.

After graduating in 2011, he worked for Airbus and Safran. From 2017 to 2020 worked on design ExoMars rover belonging THIS IS and the Russian Space Agency, which was soon to go to Mars. But the invasion of Ukraine paralyzed the project.

For the last two years he has been training and studying at ESA to become an astronaut.

Sara Garcia, meanwhile, as one of 11 spares, has the opportunity to travel to the International Space Station. And also to the moon, as the ESA director said he would like to The first European astronaut on the moon was a woman..

Sarah’s qualifications are impressive. Graduated at 33 Biotechnology at the University of León, where he received several awards for excellence. He also holds a PhD in nuclear biology of cancer and translational medicine from the University of Salamanca.

She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Cancer Research, where she is working on new anti-cancer drugs in the laboratory of Mariano Barbacida. Sara Garcia She is also a volunteer of the Spanish Cancer Association. He speaks fluent English and some French and Portuguese.

According to his ESA file, he enjoys scuba diving and skydiving, as well as Krav Maga, a self-defense method used by the Israeli army.

Pablo Alvarez D Sara Garciatwo new Spanish astronauts belonging THIS IS, can be first Europeans to walk on the moon. Good luck!