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Astronaut takes one giant leap into Eden

By Natasha Swift 30th August 2017

Astronaut takes one giant leap into Eden
Pedro Duque

ASTRONAUT and veteran of two space missions, Pedro Duque, shared his out of this world experiences with visitors to the Eden Project yesterday.

Pedro was the first Spanish citizen to go into space as a mission specialist aboard the Discovery shuttle on STS-95 which launched from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, in 1998.

He went into orbit again five ­years later in 2003 as flight engineer aboard the Soyuz TMA vessel during the Cervantes mission on the International Space Station.

Now head of flight operations at the European Space Agency near Munich, Germany, Pedro gave a talk about his journeys into space.

His visit formed part of the Meet the Space Experts programme featuring a range of space enthusiasts including representatives from the National Space Academy, Royal Observatory, Greenwich, European Space Agency and Roseland Observatory.

Pedro’s first space mission was dedicated to research in weightlessness and the study of the sun and he was responsible for the Discovery Shuttle’s computer system.

During his second spaceflight Pedro ran extensive experiments on earth observation and microgravity.

By Natasha Swift 30th August 2017

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