French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet Said That He Would Be The First European To Go Into Space On Crew Dragon
French astronaut Tom Pesquet has said he will be the first European to travel to space on SpaceX's Crew Dragon ship. Peske published this statement on his Twitter page on Tuesday.
"Looks like I'll be the first European to ever ride a Dragon into space! Training has already started at SpaceX's futuristic facilities," Peske said. The astronaut added that the launch is planned for next year.
So far, only two launches of Crew Dragon into space have taken place: the first took place in 2019 in Autonomous mode without a crew, the second, in May 2020 with American astronauts Robert Benken and Douglas Hurley. The next launch of The new SpaceX ship to the ISS will take place in the fall of this year. Onboard will be NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, as well as Japanese Soichi Noguchi. The launch will be carried out from the Cape Canaveral space center (Florida).
French astronaut Toma Pesquet went on his first mission to the ISS as part of the 50/51 crew with Russian Oleg Novitsky and American Peggy Whitson on the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in November 2016. The Frenchman and Russian returned to Earth together after 197 days spent on the station, in June 2017. Pesquet, the country's tenth astronaut, is very popular in France because he does a lot of work to promote cosmonautics and protect the environment. In 2019, he became a knight of the order for"special services to the Fatherland."
Earlier, the European Space Agency reported that it would send Tom Pesquet to the ISS for the second time. The French astronaut himself said that this would take place in the summer of 2021.