World's first disabled astronaut announced - BBC News

British Paralympic sprinter John McFall has been chosen as the first disabled astronaut by the European Space Agency.

McFall’s leg was amputated after a motorcycle crash when he was 19. He became a professional athlete and represented the UK at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.

The announcement does not mean McFall is guaranteed to go into orbit, but he will be part of a feasibility programme to see if that would be possible.

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