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The French astronaut, who is preparing to make a six-month stay aboard the ISS, spoke at a press conference.
“We are in the final stages of training, we only have three days, a little less, before the launch. Everything is going well, the rocket is ready, the capsule is ready. We have a few days of leeway. more, and the rocket will be waiting for us on the launch pad tomorrow and the day after tomorrow “, explained the astronaut Thomas Pesquet, Monday, April 19, in a press conference live from the Kennedy Space Center (Florida) broadcast on franceinfo. The Frenchman is due to leave Thursday for his second mission aboard the International Space Station and stay there for the next six months.
Thomas Pesquet will also become the first European to join the ISS thanks to SpaceX’s Crew Dragon rocket. The astronaut compared the Soyuz capsule that had transported him on his first trip to space to that of SpaceX: “The Dragon is actually one volume. The Soyuz is two different volumes. (…) On the top [du Soyouz], we have a living space, a living space, which allows us to spend a little time, to eat, to sleep, there are the toilets which are upstairs so we can separate in the cabin. In the Crew Dragon, that won’t be possible. “