Conquête de l’espace !
New French astronaut He’s 38 and the first airline pilot in the world to take part in a space mission on board the International Space Station (ISS). Thomas Pesquet graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique, and in 2004 began his pilot training with Air France. He was a commercial pilot on A320s until 2009, the year when he was selected by the European Space Agency from among 8,413 candidates. To stay qualified to fly A320s, he is authorized to continue flying with the airline until he receives notice of his departure date for space in November 2016. He will then begin an intense period of special training. Among the indispensable items he’ll be taking along, four symbolic objects: Saint-Exupéry’s complete works, his judo black belt, his Air France pilot’s stripes and his brother’s watch. Pesquet is the youngest European astronaut and the tenth French astronaut to belong to the very select club of space exploration.