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Schedule for European Astronaut Selection

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Please note: These dates applied to the 2008 astronaut selection only. The timeline will differ for future astronaut selection campaigns. 

Dates Step in selection process
Mon 19/05/08 -
Wed 18/06/08
Application period with a valid medical certificate

July - August 2008


1st step of psychological testing, Hamburg

(1 day for each selected applicant)

September -
December 2008


2nd step of psychological testing, Cologne

(1 day for each selected applicant)

January -
February 2009


Medical testing, Toulouse or Cologne

(5 days for each selected applicant)

April/May 2009


Decision and appointment by DG

July 2009


Start of Basic Training