Thomas Pesquet: this funny apprehension he has for his return to the ISS

Thursday, April 22, 2021, Thomas Pesquet will take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida for the ‘Alpha’ mission. A few days before his second trip to space, the French astronaut confided in the columns of Paris Match.

Less than five years after his first trip to space, Thomas Pesquet will board SpaceX’s Crew-2 Dragon capsule on Thursday, April 22, 2021. If the latter will once again join the ISS, the International Space Station, he will also have a new role: that of captain of the ISS. A few days before taking off for the ‘Alpha’ mission, the astronaut agreed to give an interview to Paris Match. Speaking of what he is most impatient with, Thomas Pesquet said: “Obviously floating or looking at the Earth are crazy things that you can never get tired of. But honestly, what I expect is more of a feeling of being ‘on a mission.’ There is an atmosphere that gives off a special energy. Everyone is pulling in the same direction. We rarely experience that. In reality, there is only one priority: to complete the mission. The rest does not exist. Neither the texts, nor the phone, nor the meeting with the plumber … I had lost this feeling of being stretched to the extreme towards a goal. This is what I most want to find.

While he has already traveled in space, Thomas Pesquet therefore knows what to expect. Explaining that some things appealed to him less, he explained with humor: “The space station is more like a municipal campsite than a 5-star hotel! I’ll spare you the detailed description of the toilets, but let’s just say it takes some getting used to … What excites me the least is maybe this time there will be more of us. Four of us will be in the Crew Dragon, there were three of us in the Soyuz. There will therefore be seven of us aboard the station. And above all, before, there were three Russians on one side and three Americans on the other.“Eager to go on a mission, the 43-year-old astronaut added:”This time there will be two Russians and, on the American side, there will be five! We may be stepping on each other’s toes a bit. Not to mention the problems of logistics and the management of our waste. I don’t really like that, but it’s part of the job.

“I sleep really well in zero gravity”

Referring to his daily life in space, Thomas Pesquet also told Paris Match: “We look out the window and discuss. A bit like on a road trip with friends. Except that it takes place at an altitude of 200 kilometers and at 28,000 km / h. We rest a lot too, and I sleep really well in zero gravity. In this case, I had been a nine o’clock night, which does not happen often on the ground.“Having tremendous pressure, he added:”Patience is one of the qualities of an astronaut. But the closer you get to the station, the more the tasks increase. The last twenty hours are still pretty speedy.

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He will embark with three astronauts aboard the Crew Dragon shuttle.

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He will take part in command.

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He’s going to go back to space with SpaceX.

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This mission will last six months.

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Thomas Pesquet will soon take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida for the ‘Alpha’ mission.

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The astronaut can’t wait to go on a mission again.

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He assured that the space station “is more the municipal campsite than the 5-star hotel.”

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He thinks they’re going to step on each other’s toes a bit.

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He assured that it was complicated to manage their waste.

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He has only one goal: to complete his mission.

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