### Got what it takes?

The European Space Agency is looking for recruits, and it seems that good mathematical abilities can help you rise to the top of the heap. 50,000 applications are expected for the four positions on offer to be astronauts on the International Space Station.

BBC News Magazine has detailed all the boxes you need to tick to be in the running in their story *So what is the right stuff?* Apart from being young (between 27 and 37) and having life experience, you need patience, bravery, to work well in a team and in a strange
environment, and be psychologically capable of dealing with the stresses (and the loneliness) of the job.

On top of this, you need to be at least degree qualified in engineering, science, medicine or maths. So, if you're a maths grad and this sounds like you, see the ESA careers page.

*posted by westius @ 11:50 AM*