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Welcome to Outer Space

In the six months that I spent on the International Space Station, it was difficult to find the words or take a picture that would accurately describe the feeling of being in space. Working with Google on...

Diary Entry 11: Culture on the Space Station

Some clichés irritate me. Like the one that scientists, engineers or mathematicians are only interested in numbers and experiments. That is simply false. I do not claim to be an expert when it comes to music, cinema...

Diary Entry 10: Communication with the Earth

In collaboration with le Parisien Magazine / Aujourd’hui-en-France Magazine If I am honest with myself, I am a very lucky man. Not all astronauts spend six months on the International Space Station and get to do a...

Diary Entry 8: Food on the International Space Station

In collaboration with le Parisien Magazine / Aujourd’hui-en-France Magazine If I had been told, a few years ago, that I would celebrate my 39th birthday on the International Space Station, I would never have believed it …...

Diary Entry 7: Sleep and hygiene

In collaboration with le Parisien Magazine / Aujourd’hui-en-France Magazine It has already been three months since I started living on the International Space Station. That’s half of my mission… time flies! I have to say that I...

Diary entry 5: the spacewalk

In collaboration with le Parisien Magazine / Aujourd’hui-en-France Magazine Believe it or not, a few weeks ago when I saw that a spacewalk was on my agenda, I did not jump for joy. I am a rational...

Diary entry 3: playing in space

In collaboration with le Parisien Magazine / Aujourd’hui-en-France Magazine It has been over a month since I entered the International Space Station. Even though I am well aware of how lucky I am to be up here,...