Technology VIDEO. Astronaut Thomas Pesquet meets children before he takes to space

VIDEO. Astronaut Thomas Pesquet meets children before he takes to space




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The French astronaut is preparing to travel to the international space station (ISS) aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, April 22, for a six-month mission in orbit.

Thomas Pesquet is in the starting blocks. The 43-year-old French astronaut getting ready to travel to the international space station (ISS) aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, April 22. And before his second trip to space, he answered questions from children about Mission Alpha, whose name is a reference to “a star”, “something simple”, he said.

Thomas Pesquet explains that he is “ready” and is only waiting for one thing: departure, before six months in orbit. “There are still a few details to be worked out, but it’s not much”, explains the astronaut, who spoke with the children about life in space during the mission. The French astronaut speaks of days when he “works twelve hours”, and moments of rest that he will devote to reading in particular. “I’ve brought some books, and I’m planning to re-read Dune (a science fiction novel).”

Thomas Pesquet also mentioned water, which he “90-95% recycled”, spacewalks, a feeling “dizzying”, and Mars. While NASA flew the first motorized vehicle on the red planet, the French thinks that Man will succeed in conquering Mars one day. “We will see Mars in our lifetime”, bet the astronaut.



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