Frank De Winne
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Frank De Winne

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ESA / About Us / ESA history / 50 years of humans in space

ESA astronaut, Soyuz TMA-1,
Soyuz TMA-15
First European ISS commander

“Fifty years ago, Yuri Gagarin was the first human being to fly in space. Having flown into space from the same launch pad at Baikonur, Kazakhstan, it continues to amaze me what we are capable of as human beings, and also what a tremendous achievement it was in 1961, with the state of technology at that time, and what tremendous courage Yuri Gagarin must have had to sit on top of Vostok 1.”

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