Proxima Mission: French astronaut Thomas Pesquet to lift off in 2016

On November 12, French astronaut Thomas Pesquet revealed the name and logo for his six-months mission to the International Space Station starting next November: it will be called Proxima, after the name of the closest star from our Sun.

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Thomas Pasquet is the tenth French astronaut to go into space. He was selected in May 2009 out of 8413 candidates to join ESA’s European Astronaut Corps with 5 other persons.

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ESA-Astronaut Thomas Pesquet
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French minister for higher education and research Thierry Mandon gave him a French flag to bring with him aboard the International Space Station.

For further information, please consult ESA international Press Release.

Published on 13/11/2015

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