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Hungary starts search for astronaut to go to ISS 

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's commissioner for space research on Thursday announced the launch of a recruitment drive for an astronaut to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) sometime mid-decade, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Orsolya Ferencz said the astronaut will conduct experiments and test equipment in the microgravity environment of the ISS for Hungarian universities, research institutes and companies. The astronaut will be selected based on physical, psychological, and professional criteria, in line with the Astronaut Policy of the European Space Agency (ESA), she added.

Bertalan Farkas, Hungary's first man in space, said applicants should be prepared to spend a month, but even as long as a quarter year, on the mission.

Applications for the Hunor (Hungarian to Orbit) program are being accepted at hunor.gov.hu until January 31, 2022.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in July that Hungary will send an astronaut to the ISS in 2024 or the first half of 2025 to experiment with telecommunications, Earth observation, and radiation gauge equipment developed by Hungarian companies and universities. The Hungarian astronaut will get to the ISS in cooperation with the United States, he added.

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