ESA Council congratulates Reiter on 100th day

Professor Wittig and Jean-Jacques Dordain congratulate Reiter on board the ISS
13 October 2006

In a call made from ESA's headquarters in Paris, ESA Council Chairman Professor Sigmar Wittig and ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain yesterday congratulated Thomas Reiter on his 100th day on board the International Space Station.

Speaking from inside a meeting room on the second day of the ESA Council Meeting, Professor Wittig was first to congratulate Reiter on his latest achievement.

J.-J. Dordain
ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain during call to Thomas Reiter

ESA astronaut and ISS Expedition 14 Flight Engineer Reiter thanked the ESA Council for their message, "It is definitely a pleasure to be up here," he said. "In retrospect these 100 days went by like in the blink of an eye. The Space Station is really a fascinating building."

Professor Wittig shared with Reiter the news that the ESA Council has reached a decision to unblock funds for the Space Station. Dordain jokingly added, "OK Thomas, since now we have a budget you will have some food for the rest of your flight."

Use the link on the right to listen to the call in full.

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