Austria has its first female astronaut in Carmen Possnig. The Carinthian doctor will now be part of the European ESA astronaut corps.
From a total of 22,500 applicants from all over Europe, the young Carinthian was able to assert herself in a complex selection process. The native of Klagenfurt will thus become part of the ESA astronaut corps. Five years ago, Possnig was sent to the Arctic for a year on behalf of ESA (European Space Agency). There, the general practitioner researched the effects of isolation and low oxygen levels on the crew of the Arctic station Concordia.Only an Austrian in the AllPossnig has the opportunity to be the first Austrian to fly into space by becoming a reserve astronaut in the astronaut corps. Before her, Franz Viehböck was the only Austrian to complete an all-stay as part of the “Austromir” mission in 1991.