Carol Vorderman: Countdown legend’s daughter applies for astronaut role ‘Beyond excited’

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Maths whizz Carol Vorderman took to Twitter last night to talk about her daughter’s plans to join The European Space Agency. The proud mum said her eldest was “beyond excited” about the opportunity to become an astronaut.

Carol shared a tweet from the ESA with her 456,400 followers which announced the news.

The post read: “For the first time in 11 years, we’re looking for new #astronauts.

“Media representatives are invited to a virtual press event on Tuesday, 16 February, to learn more about these exciting vacancies #YourWayToSpace #ESArecruits.”

The 60-year-old told fans that her daughter plans to apply when re-tweeting the post.

“My girl is to infinity and beyond excited about this… she’s applying…

“Go Katie…” Carol added.

Katie, 29, is the daughter of the Countdown legend and her second husband Patrick King.

The former couple, who separated in 2000, also share a son, Cameron, who is 23.

Carol’s eldest child is a research scientist and also teaches mathematics alongside her mother for her online programme – The Maths Factor.

Many took to the comments section of the post to share their thoughts and wish Katie luck with her application.

“Wow. Good luck Katie,” one social media user wrote.

“Bl**dy amazing…. go KK,” another added.

“The best of luck!” a third remarked.

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A press release attached to the tweet said that the ESA are looking for new astronauts to work alongside their existing employees.

They also issued a call for more women to apply.

Applicants must submit their applications via the ESA Career website between March 31 and May 28.

Following that a six-stage selection process will begin.

On her Twitter bio, Katie describes herself as a former NASA intern, adventure lover and student pilot.

She has a master’s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Katie is also a Tech She Can ambassador encouraging women to take up STEM professions.

Before embarking on her PhD, she took part in a research internship at The National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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