ESA astronaut Jean-Pierre Haigneré returned to earth on Saturday 28 August 1999 after a six month stay on board the Russian space station Mir.
He landed in Kazakhstan, bringing to an end the fifth French-Russian mission named Perseus and making him the non-Russian astronaut to have spent the longest time in space during one spaceflight.
During the flight (20 February-28 August 1999), Haigneré carried out scientific research on behalf of the French space agency CNES. He made one spacewalk outside Mir on 16 April to collect experiment samples.
Solutions from space, originally developed for astronauts, are being used to improve the health and quality of life of people on Earth.