André Kuipers In Training
ESA’s next space-bound astronaut, AndrÃ© Kuipers, has spent most of the summer intensively training for his upcoming mission to the International Space Station.
AndrÃ© and crewmates Oleg Kononenko and Don Pettit have spent days in the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC) in Star City, not far from Moscow in Russia, at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, and at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA.
These photos tell the story of his summer time — rather different to the usual holiday snaps!
Image Caption: AndrÃ© Kuipers cycling at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, in Russia, in August 2011. Bike is a practical way to move around in Star City. Kuipers, Dutch national and a member of the European Astronaut Corps, will fly to the International Space Station (ISS Expeditions 30 and 31) for a long-duration mission in 2011. Credits: ESA – S. Corvaja, 2011
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