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SZIJJÁRTÓ: HUNGARY ASTRONAUT CANDIDATES NARROWED DOWN TO FOUR

 

Hungary’s shortlist of candidates to become the country’s next astronaut and participate in a 30-day mission at the International Space Station in late 2024 or early 2025 has been narrowed down to four, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Saturday. A shortlist of eight candidates was selected out of more than 240 applicants, who were then tested at the Kecskemét airbase of the Hungarian Armed Forces, Szijjártó said on Facebook. It was on the basis of these tests that the expert body conducting the selection process narrowed down the list of candidates to four, the minister added. The Hungarian astronaut’s mission will involve testing Hungarian space equipment on the ISS as well as conducting experiments for Hungarian research groups, Szijjártó said. The remaining four candidates will be subjected to further training and testing over the coming year, he added. Projections show the space industry as being one of the fastest-developing sectors of the 21st century, Szijjártó said. Hungary aims to play a part in this with the astronaut programme it has established as part of its space strategy, the minister said.