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Final decision made on Hungarian astronaut, backup for ISS mission

In line with the final decision of an expert committee, Tibor Kapu has been selected as the Hungarian astronaut to be sent to space and his backup will be Gyula Cserenyi, the foreign minister said on Monday.

The ministry cited Peter Szijjarto as saying before setting off for a European Union foreign ministers’ meeting in Brusssels that Kapu and Cserenyi will undergo the last phase of training.

Kapu is a 32-year-old mechanical engineer with a background in battery development in the automotive industry, and Cserenyi is a 35-year-old electrical engineer, he added.

The two men were among four candidates in the Hungarian to Orbit (HUNOR) programme.

Hungary will send an astronaut to the International Space Station, with the cooperation of US-based Axiom Space, for a 30-day research mission at the end of 2024 or early in 2025.

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