ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet arrives at Cologne’s airport in Germany on 3 June 2017.
The European Astronaut Centre in Cologne is the home base of all ESA astronauts. ESA’s medical team will monitor how he readapts to gravity.
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet landed on the steppe of Kazakhstan with Russian commander Oleg Novitsky in their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft on 2 June 2017 after six months in space. Touchdown was at 14:10 GMT after a four-hour flight from the International Space Station.
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.