French schools to talk to ISS

Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG

Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG

ARISS-F and AMSAT-F have announced the 13 French schools that have been selected for amateur radio contacts with ISS astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG.

He is planned to launch to the International Space Station in November 2016. The 13 French schools selected represents 66% of planned ARISS contacts for Europe.

AMSAT-F article in Google English

ARISS-F list of selected schools

Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG on Twitter

UK astronaut resurfaces from cave training.

ESA’s UK astronaut Tim Peake, together with fellow astronauts Thomas Pesquet from France, Randolph Bresnik from NASA, Norishige Kanai from Japan and Sergey Ryzhikov from Russia, has just completed (21 September 2011) a week of living and working in a dark and humid cave – a unique training experience, organised by ESA, to prepare astronauts for space.


The 5 astronauts are now going through debriefings similar to those that follow an astronaut’s return from a space mission. Continue reading