Training to docking | Mission Alpha
Highlights of the launch and first day in space of ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet on the Alpha mission.
On 24 April at 11:08 CEST the Crew Dragon spacecraft with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, @NASA astronauts Megan McArthur and Shane Kimbrough, and @JAXA | 宇宙航空研究開発機構 astronaut Akihiko Hoshide docked with the International Space Station’s Node-2 Harmony module, marking the start of ESA’s six-month mission Alpha.
The crew spent around 23 hours orbiting Earth and catching up with the International Space Station after their launch on 23 April at 10:49 BST (11:49 CEST, 05:49 local time). The launch to docking went smoothly in Crew Dragon Endeavour.
Thomas is the first ESA astronaut to fly in space in a vehicle other than the Russian Soyuz or the US Space Shuttle, and the first ESA astronaut to leave Earth from Florida, USA, in over a decade. This is his second flight, his first mission called Proxima saw Thomas fly to the Space Station on a Soyuz from Baikonur in Kazakhstan and his expedition broke records for amount of hours spent on research at the time.
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Mission Alpha launch timelapse
Horizons mission – Soyuz: launch to orbit
Spacewalk scenes with Thomas and Aki – 8K!
Interview with Thomas Pesquet on return to Earth a second time
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The best scene: 2:00
It was just so incredible 🤩
Excited to see him doing experiments there !
He inspires me a lot! ❤️
The launch was exactly during rocket propulsion class (3rd year aerospace engineering), we told our teacher, and when we told him he quickly put on the livestream, saying that the launch was much more interesting than what he was going to say
Salut ! Ce serait mieux d’écrire en français
Agence européenne de l’espace.
Les anglais ont quitté l’union européenne.
Les européens devraient arrêter de parler anglais.
Speak Polish? ale rasa ludzka się rozwinąła! co nie?