The Space Station's Expedition 51 crew. Clockwise, starting top left, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astonaut Peggy Whitson, Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Fyodor Yurchikhin, and NASA astronaut Jack Fischer. This photo was taken a few days before Thomas Pesquet and Oleg Novitsky returned to Earth on 2 June 2017 after 196 days in space.
Thomas spent six months on the International Space Station as part of his Proxima mission. During Proxima, Thomas took part in 60 scientific experiments for ESA and France’s space agency CNES and the international Station partners.
The mission is part of ESA’s vision to use Earth-orbiting spacecraft as a place to live and work for the benefit of European society while using the experience to prepare for future voyages of exploration further into the Solar System.