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ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet training:
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet training for weightlessness and his flight to space
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ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and the rest of ESA’s new astronauts getting a first taste of weightlessness on a parabolic flight, June 2012. Tilted at 45°, an Airbus offers up to 20 seconds of weightlessness at each apex of its rollercoaster ride and are one of the few practical ways for humans to experience weightlessness without leaving Earth.
Thomas is set to be launched on a Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in 2016 for a long-duration mission to the International Space Station.
He trained with ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen on the Soyuz spacecraft in a mockup in Russia. The Soyuz will take Thomas to the International Space Station in around six hours and fly him back to Earth.