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Thomas Pesquet

Born in Rouen, France, on 27 February 1978, Thomas Pesquet is a black belt in judo and enjoys basketball, jogging, swimming, squash and outdoor sports such as mountain biking, kite surfing, sailing, skiing and mountaineering. He also has extensive experience in scuba diving and skydiving. His other interests include travelling, playing the saxophone and reading.

Biography

Experience

From April to September 2001, Thomas was a trainee engineer with Thales Alenia Space in Cannes, France, where he developed a satellite system design tool using concurrent engineering techniques.

From October 2001, he worked as a spacecraft dynamics engineer on remote sensing missions for GMV S.A. in Madrid, Spain.

Between 2002 and 2004, Thomas worked at the French space agency, CNES, as a research engineer on space mission autonomy. He also carried out studies on future European ground segment design and European space technology harmonisation. From late 2002, he was a CNES representative at the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems, working on cross-support between international space agencies.

An avid private pilot in his spare time, Thomas was selected in 2004 for Air France’s flight training programme. He went on to become a commercial pilot for the airline, where he started flying the Airbus A320 in 2006. Having logged more than 2300 flight hours on commercial airliners, he became a type rating instructor on the A320 and a Crew Resource Management instructor.

Thomas was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. He joined ESA in September 2009 and completed basic training in November 2010. After graduation, he worked as a Eurocom, communicating with astronauts during spaceflights from the mission control centre. He was also in charge of future projects at the European Astronaut Centre, including initiating cooperation with new partners such as China.

To be ready for a space mission, he received further technical and operational training in Europe, Russia and the USA: on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, on the US and Russian spacesuits, and on Space Station systems. He took part in exploration training courses: living and working underground on ESA’s CAVES training course in 2011, and underwater on NASA’s Seatest-2 mission.

On 17 March 2014, Thomas was assigned to a long-duration mission on the International Space Station.

Read more about Thomas' first space mission on the Proxima blog: blogs.esa.int/thomas-pesquet/

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Thomas Pesquet is a European Space Agency astronaut of French nationality. He spent six-months on the International Space Station between November 2016 and June 2017. Thomas served as a flight engineer for Expeditions 50 and 51. He previously worked as an aerospace engineer, and is also an airline pilot for Air France.

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Thomas commence à s’entraîner pour une deuxième mission spatiale

L'astronaute de l'ESA Thomas Pesquet a préparé ses bagages pour Houston, aux États-Unis, et à la fin de ce mois, il commencera son entraînement pour la prochaine mission de l'ESA à la Station spatiale internationale.

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Thomas’ underwater adventure

Over the next two weeks ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Drew Feustel and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai will take part in a new NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) mission off the coast of California, USA, to assess concepts for undersea training that will aid our next steps on the Moon.

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Thomas Pesquet returns to Earth

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet landed on the steppe of Kazakhstan today with Russian commander Oleg Novitsky in their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft after six months in space. Touchdown was at 14:10 GMT after a four-hour flight from the International Space Station.

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Social media messages for Thomas

Here is our roundup of messages for Thomas Pesquet, that we send to him on the International Space Station, starting with two from his friends and family.

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Proxima – CNES experiments

CNES has developed seven experiments that Thomas Pesquet is performing for his Proxima mission aboard the ISS.

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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 or literature, but like everyone else, I enjoy cultural activities. Which is fortunate, because without these types of entertainment, it would be difficult to last six months on the International Space Station.

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