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09 June 2017

After spending 196 days in space, beating the previous long-duration spaceflight record for a French astronaut, Thomas Pesquet returned to Earth on 2 June. It’s already 7 months since he climbed aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for his mission code-named Proxima. The 7 science and medical experiments conducted by Thomas—with names like Perspectives, Fluidics, Matiss and EveryWear—were designed to advance knowledge about the human body, physics and biology, and to test out new technologies.​


Of the 55 experiments planned by ESA, 21 were controlled by the CADMOS centre for the development of microgravity applications and space operations at CNES’s Toulouse Space Centre. And Telespazio France is part of this fantastic adventure, as two key tasks are the responsibility of its employees: the Ground Controller, whose job is to ensure experiment managers have all the operational resources they need, and the Operational Resources Manager, who coordinates operations.

And the Proxima mission isn’t the only one that Telespazio France employees are operating. Some are pursuing the work begun on the DECLIC mission, while others will be supporting installation of an atomic clock outside the station’s Columbus module in 2018.

The number : 10
Thomas Pesquet is the 10th French astronaut to fly in space. Before him, Jean-Loup Chrétien, Patrick Baudry, Michel Tognini, Jean-Claude and Claudie Haigneré, Jean-François Clervoy, Jean-Jacques Favier and Philippe Perrin also got their chance to reach for the stars.

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