Four Hungarian astronaut candidates arrived at the public broadcaster Kossuth Radio studio on Monday to talk about their preparations. The exclusive interview is also the start of a long-term cooperation between the Hunor Program and Kossuth Radio and the public media channels, in which the radio will follow the preparation period up to the moment of launch for the next two years.
For the kick-off episode of Kossuth Radio’s new program “Let’s go to space!”, András Szakály, Tibor Kapu, Gyula Cserényi and Ádám Schlégl astronaut candidates were the firsts to record an interview that aims to bring listeners up-to-date information on a wide range of disciplines related to Hungarian space exploration. The four candidates have revealed the health, scientific and psychological tests they have undergone. These include general IQ tests, multitasking, observation, memory speed, coordination, concentration, spatial vision, sense of direction, time pressure and stress tolerance, teamwork, leadership skills and role flexibility. They were also tested on their scientific work performance and their ability to learn high-tech experiments. The program reveals how the nomination has been received in their families and the road ahead.
The program with the candidates will be broadcast on 11 June.
The four astronaut candidates. photo: MTI/Tibor Illyés
According to Hirado.hu representatives and experts from the most outstanding organizations and institutes of the Hungarian space industry and space research will be interviewed until the mission’s launch day.
Head of Communications for the Hunor Program, Boldizsár Balázs, added: “Everyone who serves on the International Space Station (ISS) must be able to apply their knowledge and expertise to an outstanding level, even under pressure. “It is a great pleasure for us to be able to meet these people with their special skills and to provide information in a comprehensible form on the economic importance and scientific value of the Hungarian space program.”
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