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N° 28–2016: Call for Media: Thomas Pesquet calls in from Houston

24 August 2016

During a break in his training schedule, French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will be available at a press conference in Paris for remote media interviews on Tuesday, 30 August.

Thomas is currently training at Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA, for his upcoming mission to the International Space Station.

Media are invited to attend the one-hour event at the French space agency CNES headquarters starting at 13:45.

Thomas’s mission is ESA’s ninth long-duration mission to the Space Station. It will start in November with the launch of his Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Together with NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, Thomas will embark on his six-month stay in space.


To register for the press conference, please email:

Please present yourself at CNES 30 minutes before the start of the press conference.

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The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 20 are Member States of the EU.

ESA has established formal cooperation with seven other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.

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