Matthieu Pluvinage, a candidate to the European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut selection, poses in his office at the ESIGELEC engineering school where he teaches, in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, June 4, 2021.
REUTERS/Lea GuedjIn a break from his job teaching engineering to students in France's Normandy region, Matthieu Pluvinage put the finishing touches on an application for a new job: astronaut.
Pluvinage, 38, is taking advantage of a European Space Agency initiative to run an open recruitment drive for new astronauts for its manned flight programme.
'," said Pluvinage in his office at the ESIGELEC engineering school near Rouen, 140 km (90 miles) west of Paris, where he teaches.
"No matter the result, if I don't try it, I will have regrets for the rest of my life," he said.
Matthieu Pluvinage, Lea Guedj, Pluvinage, Thomas Pesquet
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Saint, Etienne, Rouvray, France, France's Normandy, Rouen, Paris