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Haigneré returns from MIR
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.

Credits: ESA/CNES
Keeping fit
Solutions from space, originally developed for astronauts, are being used to improve the health and quality of life of people on Earth.
Credits: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
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