With less than a week to go before launch here are the highlights of ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s last few days on Earth before launch to the International Space Station.
- 10 November: tree planting ceremnoy
- 11 November: 2nd fit-check of the Soyuz spacecraft
- 13 November: Friends and family arrive before launch
- 14 November: the Soyuz rocket is rolled out to the launch pad
- 16 November: sate commission declares flight readiness and press conference with crew
- 17 November: launch!
A final tradition before launch is watching the classic Russian film “White Sun of the Desert” on the eve of launch: