LONDON — John McFall He is not afraid of a challenge. In his youth, he was an avid sprinter and had to learn how run again after his leg was broken in a motorbike accident. He was 19.

He did well to learn: the He won the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. the bronze medal in the 100 meters. He went on to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Mr. McFall has now his sights set even higher — much, much higher.

On Wednesday, the European Space Agency names Mr. McFall As one of its newest recruits. the world’s first physically disabled astronaut, the Agency said.

He joins 16 other faces from Europe who were chosen from around 22,500 applicants. the Agency sought to diversify its astronaut pool in its first hiring drive for more than a decade.

“I can bring inspiration,” Mr. McFall41 the cohort’s unveiling on Wednesday. “Inspiration that science is for everyone,” He continued, “And that is all.” “potentially, space is for everyone.”

Tim Peake, who was the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut in 2008, said that Mr. McFall’s recruitment was “absolutely groundbreaking.”

“He’s really going to be pushing the boundaries,” Mr. Peake stated. “He’s very much paving the way for astronauts with future disabilities to do so as well.”

Together with Mr. McFall’s selection, the Efforts to expand the Profile of recruits bore another fruit: In 2008, the Samantha Cristoforetti from Italy was the one selected by the agency to join. the program. The five other winners were all men. Eighteen of them were chosen this year. the 17 successful applicants were women.

But the Agency acknowledged this the It was disappointing to see so few candidates from ethnic groups.

David Parker, the Director of robotic and human exploration the European Space Agency, cited the Comment on the problem the BBC.

“We have to think about that and reflect on why it happened,” He stated.

Soon, the recruits will begin a 12-month program of basic training at the European Astronaut Centre in Germany.

In an interview Released by the European Space Agency, Mr. McFall His selection had been made, he said. “quite a whirlwind experience.”

“As an amputee,” He said: “I never thought that being an astronaut was a possibility.”

It could be a while before Mr. McFall But, it is still launched into orbit.

Soon he will be able to take on a “feasibility project” To determine how space travel might be affected by physical disability and what solutions could be found. Once he has completed the study, the He would be eligible for any space mission if all goes well.

“We’ve got to undergo astronaut training and work out what it is about having a physical disability that makes it tricky and overcome those hurdles, so it adds an additional layer of complexity,” Mr. McFall In the Agency interview.

He was a father of three and joked in the Agency interview that he was looking for a career shift.

“I realized I couldn’t be an athlete for my whole life, I probably needed to get a proper job,” He stated.

The European Space Agency, which is headquartered in Paris, was established in 1975 and has a staff of around 2,200 — though only a select few are astronauts. Each member of the tax system contributes to funding the body. the 22 member states.

However the European Space Agency’s $6.75 billion budget last year was significantly smaller than NASA’s $23.3 billion allocation for the same period, the Recent developments have seen organizational leaps, including the development of new products. the European Service Module — the unit that is helping to power NASA’s Orion capsule around the moon.

“This is an extraordinary time for human spaceflight and for Europe,” David Parker, the European Space Agency’s director of human and robotic exploration, said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We are on the forefront of human space exploration,” He concluded.