Thomas Pesquet, First French Astronaut Chosen To Command ISS

Thomas Pesquet, astronaut from the European Space Agency (ESA) to commander of the International Space Station (ISS). Thomas Pesquet is an astronaut French the first to become leader of the International Space Station.

Thomas Pesquet has a background in spacecraft design and control. However, he is well known in space activities, such as playing music or taking regular tours on the International Space Station (ISS).

Thomas Pesquet once performed the saxophone from space during the closing ceremony of the 2020 Olympics (held in 2021 due to the pandemic). It just so happens that Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

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During the first mission to the International Space Station, Thomas Pesquet flew on a Russian Soyuz Rocket and spent 197 days in space between 2016 and 2017. He served as a flight engineer for Expeditions 50 and 51.

Thomas Pesquet, currently on missions Expedition 65, 66 and 67, arrived at the International Space Station on April 23, 2021. He returned to Earth on November 8, 2021, aboard the SpaceX Crew-2 Dragon.

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Thomas Pesquet was born in Rouen, about a two-hour drive from Paris, on February 27, 1978. After completing public high school at the Lycée Pierre Corneille in 1998, Thomas Pesquet studied spacecraft design and control at the National Higher French Institute of Aeronautics and Aeronautics. Space in Toulouse, the famous French aerospace hub.

In an interview with Connexion France in 2011, Thomas Pesquet said that his background was not that of an astronaut, but that of a military pilot. He said being an engineer and a pilot is a more distinctive experience when compared to an astronaut.

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