This will be his first “off-vehicle” flight since arriving on April 23 aboard the International Space Station, for his Alpha mission.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that French astronaut Thomas Pesquet will conduct two spaceflights next week, for the first time since arriving at the International Space Station (ISS) at the end of April.
On Wednesday 16 and Sunday 20 June, Thomas Pesquet will travel in the vacuum of space, 400 kilometers from Earth, to repair a solar panel on the International Space Station, along with fellow American Shane Kimbrough.
“Shane and I work on our spacesuits, and then my spacesuit takes a much-needed break. Spacesuits work hard too, you know! The star astronaut tweeted, showing off photos of his spacesuit.”
It will be the first so-called “off-vehicle” outing since he arrived on April 23 aboard the International Space Station, on his six-month Alpha mission. The space repairman had already made exits into orbit during his first mission, between 2016 and 2017.
“Getting out is a dream within a dream. Going into space is great, but getting out of the station on your own, becoming your own spaceship, these are incredible sensations,” he said shortly after returning to Earth.
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