John McFall, a Paralympian and former NHS surgeon, has become the world’s first astronaut with a disability to begin training at the European Astronaut Centre in Germany.
McFall joined the European Space Agency’s (ESA) group of astronauts last year and aims to broaden people’s appreciation of what individuals with disabilities can achieve.
During his two-year training, he will collaborate with experts to assess and improve the accessibility of astronaut facilities. As part of a feasibility study, McFall will participate in various training activities, including sea survival and testing in low atmospheric pressure environments.
He has already experienced a zero-gravity environment to observe how his prosthetic leg behaves. McFall’s journey represents an important step towards making space more accessible and inspiring others to pursue STEM education and careers.