Who is Thomas Pesquet? The French astronaut joining SpaceX's Dragon

Amber Peake April 23, 2021
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Who is astronaut Thomas Pesquet? Pesquet set off for the International Space Station this Friday morning, 23 April, on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. As Pesquet and his fellow astronauts start their mission, some want to know more about the French astronaut.

Who is Thomas Pesquet?

Thomas Pesquet is a French astronaut born on 27 February 1978 in Rouen, France.

He started his career in 2001 as a trainee engineer with Thales Alenia Space in Cannes. The following year he joined French space agency, CNES and in 2009 became an ESA astronaut.

Pesquet was later assigned his first mission to the International Space Station in 2014. He later started the six-month-long mission known as Proxima in 2016.

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Thomas Pesquet is first European to travel on a SpaceX spacecraft

Thomas Pesquet was announced to be travelling to the International Space Station once again in July of last year.

At the time, Pesquet tweeted about his excitement to be a part of the mission and to return to the International Space Station.

The mission sees Thomas Pesquet become the first European astronaut to travel to the ISS via a Space X spacecraft. Pesquet is also said to make history as the first French astronaut to command the space station for an entire month.

Talking of the milestone, he told France 24: “Its recognition for a European. It’s not always an opportunity for us to be in such a position because, as Europeans, we are just minority shareholders in this whole venture.”

Pesquet was one of four astronauts which have since blasted into space on the Space X Crew Dragon spacecraft. Updates on their journey are available on the SpaceX Twitter.

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Does Thomas Pesquet have a wife?

Yes. Thomas Pesquet’s wife is Anne Mottet, a Livestock Development Officer for the Food and Agriculture Organization.

The couple often features each other on their social media profiles, and amid Pesquet’s trip to space, his wife, Anne, shared a sweet snap as they said goodbye to each other.

Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having previously ran the Instagram for Reality Titbit, Amber now writes for both HITC and The Focus as a freelance writer.