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india-mike
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posted 01-18-2017 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for india-mike   Click Here to Email india-mike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On Jan. 18, 2017, the ESA Director General Dr. W├Ârner held a media briefing at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France.

It was announced that all six astronauts of the latest ESA astronaut selection group (Gerst, Mogensen, Parmitano, Cristoforetti, Pesquet and Peake) are foreseen for a second flight.

Also, Pedro Duque is assignable for a third flight. Alexander Gerst and Paolo Nespoli are already assigned to a second respectively a third mission. Roberto Vittori likes to return to flight status.

In the media briefing, a new name of a German astronaut popped up who was in a reserve position in the last years. Matthias Maurer also applied for the ESA Astronaut Class in 2008 and he already got an assignment as EuroCom.

Maurer already participated as an ESA member in the international NEEMO 21 and CAVES 2014 missions (analogue studies). The presentation says that Dr. Maurer is already assignable for a mission.

So let's keep the fingers crossed for all the forementioned ESA astronauts that they will be assigned to more and fantastic and interesting missions.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-01-2017 02:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by india-mike:
The presentation says that Dr. Maurer is already assignable for a mission.
From ESA on Twitter:
Introducing our next ESA astronaut live from ESA Operations tomorrow (Feb. 2). Tune in from 11:00 CET (4 a.m. CST; mostly in German).

All times are CT (US)

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