Expedition 50

Expedition 50

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16/12/2016 2:53 pm

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ESA/NASA

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ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet took this image from on board the International Space Station. He posted it on social media, commenting: "Our first six-person crew picture! In the newly-arrived HTV: our house just got bigger with one extra room for a few weeks."

Thomas' Proxima mission is the ninth long-duration mission for an ESA astronaut. It is named after the closest star to the Sun, continuing a tradition of naming missions with French astronauts after stars and constellations.

During Proxima, Thomas will perform around 50 scientific experiments for ESA and France’s space agency CNES as well as take part in many research activities for the other Station partners. The mission is part of ESA’s vision to use Earth-orbiting spacecraft as a place to live and work for the benefit of European society while using the experience to prepare for future voyages of exploration further into the Solar System.

Connect with Thomas Pesquet: http://thomaspesquet.esa.int

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