Europe announces name of world’s first disabled astronauts

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The European Space Agency has named the first ever “parastronaut” in a major step towards allowing people with physical disabilities to work and live in space.

The 22-nation agency said it had appointed British Paralympic sprinter John McFall to take part in a feasibility study during astronaut training to assess the conditions needed for people with disabilities to take part in future missions.

Notably: McFall, who lost his right leg due to a motorcycle accident at the age of 19, won a bronze medal in the 100 metres at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

European Space Agency Headquarters: Paris, France European Space Agency Headquarters: Paris, France European Space Agency CEO: Josef Aschbacher