The 17 new astronaut members of the European Space Agency have been introduced today, 5 career astronauts, 11 members of the Astronaut Reserve, and 1 with a disability.
Among them, the first Polish Astronaut since Mirosław Hermaszewski in 1978 (the first and last Pole sent to space, he spent eight days aboard the Salyut 6 space station (from June 27th to July 5th, 1978). and his backup Zenon Jankowski.
His name is Dr. Sławosz Uznański. Born in Poland in 1984, he graduated with honours with a master’s degree from the Technical University of Łódź, Poland, in 2008 and a master’s degree from Université de Nantes, France, in 2008. In addition, he received a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from École Polytechnique de l’Université de Nantes, France, in 2008.
In 2011, Sławosz earned his Doctorate in radiation-tolerant designs for space applications from the Université d’Aix-Marseille, France.
Next to his mother tongue Polish, Sławosz also speaks English and French.
Header photo: Sławosz Uznański ESA