The European Space Agency (ESA) has just announced and introduced their six new astronauts. The biographies testify to an impressive lot. I think even if I had completed my PhD when I was trying out for these slots, it does not look like I had much of a chance. Four of the six are pilots: one fighter, two test, and one commercial.
Canada CSA also recently announced their two new astronauts (one fighter pilot, one doctor + astrophysicist).
Within a few months Japan (JAXA) and the U.S. (NASA) will announce their new astronaut corps too.
Looks like I have some studying to do in order to prepare for the next round in about a decade.
P.S. Tim, keep up the good work so I can just buy me a ticket if it comes down to that. I’d really prefer orbital to suborbital.