More than 240 Hungarians apply to go to ISS

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More than 240 valid applications have been submitted in a drive to recruit a Hungarian astronaut to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) sometime mid-decade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's commissioner for space research said on Monday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Some 100 applicants - 86 men and 14 women - have made it to the next round in the selection process, Orsolya Ferencz said.

Applications for the Hunor (Hungarian to Orbit) program were accepted 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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