VIDEO. “The second departure is more distressing than the first”, fears astronaut Thomas Pesquet, about to join the International Space Station



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Before finding the International Space Station, the 43-year-old Frenchman was the guest of France 2 on Sunday evening.

Two weeks away from joining the International Space Station (April 22), Thomas Pesquet is in solitary confinement. It was therefore in video that he answered Laurent Delahousse’s questions on France 2, Sunday April 4. “It’s not about taking the Covid to the space station, it would be a huge disaster”, he explained, asked about the health protocol for the preparation of his new mission.

Also invited on the set, former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe asked him how he felt before this new great departure. “The second start is more scary than the first, as long as we haven’t practiced, it’s still very theoretical, we don’t really know what’s going to happen, he replied. The second time around, we know exactly what’s going to happen, we know exactly when it’s going to be scary, when it’s going to hurt. “ In short, “on is motivated but we go in a more thoughtful way. ”

The 43-year-old astronaut is the first Frenchman to be promoted to commander of the International Space Station. And ctis only the third time that a European astronaut has led such an operation. “I am very honored and happy to be offered the command of the Station for my second mission”, reacted the person concerned at the time.

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