First Parastronaut: Know John McFall, who will become the first Parastronaut to go into space


  • One leg had to be amputated after the accident

  • John is a Registrar of Trauma and Orthopedic Specialist.

The European Space Agency has taken a step forward to open space travel for people with disabilities. The agency recently appointed British Paralympic sprinter, John McFall, as the world’s first ‘paraastronaut’.

By doing this, ESA has created history. British doctor and Paralympian John McFall is the first amputee to be selected for space travel. It is being told that they will be trained through a separate “Paraastronaut Feasibility Program”.

One leg had to be amputated after the accident
John McFall was born on 25 April 1981 in Frimley, in the south of the United Kingdom. John, who was active in sports, had lost one of his legs at the age of just 18. His right leg had to be amputated after a motorcycle accident.

However, despite this, he did not give up. He completed his bachelor’s degree from Swansea University, UK in 2004 and obtained his master’s degree from University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK in 2005. Also, he became a sprinter and managed to win a bronze medal in the 2008 Paralympics.

John is a Registrar of Trauma and Orthopedic Specialist.
During her medical studies, John worked as a nursing assistant at the Marie Curie Hospice in Cardiff, UK from 2009 to 2011. In 2012, alongside his medical studies, John became a mentor for the innovative Paralympic Inspiration programme.

This project by Paralympics GB supports future Paralympians. He was also an ambassador for the International Paralympic Committee at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2016. In 2018 John successfully placed on the UK National Trauma and Orthopedic Specialist Registrar training programme.

257 people applied for the post of Parastronaut
Let us tell you that about 257 people had applied for this Parastronaut post. In addition to John McFall, the space agency has also recruited five new astronauts as a part of its first recruitment drive to diversify space travel. The other five extras include two women.

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