Astronaut Sophie Adenot would be the second French lady to hitch the ISS | EUROtoday

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EShe joins a really unique membership. Freshly embellished along with her astronaut wings at 41, Frenchwoman Sophie Adenot would be the first of the brand new recruits of the European Space Agency (ESA) to take off, in 2026, for a long-term mission to the worldwide house station (ISS) the place she’s going to spend roughly six months. She will then turn into the second French lady to remain there, thirty years after Claudie Haigneré. His Belgian classmate, Raphaël Liégeois, 36, a graduate in biomedical engineering and neuroscience, will comply with in his footsteps throughout the identical yr. At this stage, the small print of their respective missions are usually not but identified.

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ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher introduced their upcoming departure on Wednesday on the sidelines of the Space Council at the moment being held in Brussels. “As exploration activities grow at an unprecedented pace, the selection of two newly graduated ESA astronauts is a crucial step in preserving our European know-how and thus ensuring Europe's participation in programs in courses, such as Artemis, or to future projects involving human spaceflight and human exploration,” he stated. “These two exceptional people will embody, on board the Space Station, the reliability and competitiveness of the ESA,” added Daniel Neuenschwander, director of Human and Robotic Exploration on the company.

Macron “proud for France”

” It's incredible. It’s going to be a great adventure, which begins now: two years of intense training, of scientific experiments to learn, but I’m ready for that,” reacted in a message posted on social networks, the engineer, pilot of essay and colonel of the Air and Space Force, selected by the ESA in 2022. Emmanuel Macron congratulated her on X, saying he was “happy for her and proud for France” .

Arriving within the United States originally of May to proceed her preparation on the NASA house heart in Houston (Texas), the Frenchwoman who’s at the moment coaching in extra-vehicular exits, outdoors the ISS, will undoubtedly improve her motivation. Younger, the Irish Rosemary Coogan, the Spaniard Pablo Álvarez Fernández and the Swiss Marco Sieber will nonetheless have to attend… However, the ESA has set itself the target that they need to all fly by 2030.