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14 January 2017

Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve watches Thomas Pesquet’s spacewalk live from the Toulouse Space Centre.​


Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall talk with Rémy Gouze (Telespazio France) about the Proxima mission - Telespazio France

The CADMOS centre for the development of microgravity applications and space operations received an exceptional visitor on 13 January. For the spacewalk by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was at the centre that is managing part of his mission.

Accompanied by Jean-Michel Baylet, the Minister for Land Planning, Rural Communities and Local Authorities, Bernard Cazeneuve watched the astronaut’s spacewalk live alongside Telespazio France’s operations teams working on the Proxima mission. The main purpose of this spacewalk was to install new batteries outside the International Space Station (ISS).

The delegation then moved on to the French Instruments Mars Operations Centre (FIMOC), where it watched teams tasking the instruments on NASA’s Curiosity rover, which has been trekking across the surface of Mars since August 2012—a mission to which Telespazio France employees are contributing daily.

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