The European Space Agency (ESA) received a record number of applications for its recently closed call for new astronauts, with more than 22,000 people applying — nearly three times as many applicants as in the previous astronaut recruitment round in 2008.

In addition to that, ESA representatives said in a press briefing Wednesday (June 23) that a record number of women had applied: 5,419 compared to 1,287 in 2008. 

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