European space chiefs have launched their first recruitment drive for new astronauts in 11 years...
...with particular emphasis on encouraging women and people with disabilities to join missions to the Moon and, eventually, Mars.
Wait, what? Identity politics in space now...?
The European Space Agency (ESA) said on Tuesday that it was looking to boost the diversity of its crews as it cavassed for up to 26 permanent and reserve astronauts.
Why? Space exploration is a tough enough job without having the added burden of someone who is potentially weaker than male crewmates, or needs expensive adaptations to perform to the same level.
I mean, what possible reason would you have, other than the PR opportunity?
Adapting technology that enabled humans to be in space could open the opportunity for people with disabilities, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti said.
“When it comes to space travel, we are all disabled,” Cristoforetti added.
But some will now be more disabled than others.