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A French Astronaut Aboard the ISS

A French Astronaut Aboard the ISS

Source: Embassy of France in the United States, Washington D.C., May 31, 2002 and NASA.

Philippe Perrin, a National Center for Space Studies astronaut (CNES - the French Space Agency) and French Air Force colonel, will travel to the International Space Station on board U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavor, now scheduled to launch June 5.

Astronaut Philippe Perrin, STS-111 mission specialist representing CNES. Photo NASA.

STS-111 is the 14th shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station. Endeavour will carry the Expedition Five crew to the station and return the Expedition Four crew to Earth after more than 180 days in space. Also, riding in Endeavour is the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, which contains science equipment and supplies for the station. The STS-111 crew will attach the Italian supply module to the station's Unity node to be unpacked and then filled up again with garbage for the return to Earth.

Astronaut Philippe Perrin, STS-111 mission specialist, attired in a training version of the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) space suit, is about to begin a training session in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near the Johnson Space Center (JSC). Perrin represents CNES, the French Space Agency. STS-111 will be the 14th shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station (ISS). November 26, 2001, Photo NASA.

For his first voyage into space, Perrin will participate in three six- to seven-hour-long spacewalks to continue the assembly of the International Space Station by installing the Mobile Remote Servicer Base System, a work platform that moves along rails covering the length of the space station to provide lateral mobility for the Canadian robot arm. During the third spacewalk, the French astronaut will replace a joint at the base of the robot arm, Canadarm2.

Perrin who was born in Morocco but grew up in Avignon, France, was selected by CNES for training as an astronaut candidate with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Perrin has been with NASA since 1996.

The astronaut will be the second French native ever on board a complex orbital space station. Last October, Claudie Haigneré became the first French native to board the International Space Station .

The STS-111 flight will last 11 days of which eight will be spent anchored at the station.


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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).