instagram From 250 miles (402 kilometers) above Earth, Thomas Pesquet’s (@thom_astro) photos raise our eyes to the stars. The French astronaut, who’s aboard the International Space Station (@iss) for six months, was selected to become an astronaut in 2009. “I began training right away,” says Thomas. “I had to learn Russian, work to stay in peak physical condition and take survival courses. There was also advanced training on how the International Space Station works and how to conduct the scientific experiments that we do aboard.” And, most importantly, he had to learn how to float.
“Floating in microgravity is an amazing feeling,” says Thomas. “You feel so free. At the beginning, I was really awkward — I was trying to do too much too fast. Like riding a bike, it takes time to learn how to do it. But over time, it began to feel more natural. At night, when everyone else is asleep and I have the station to myself, I like to just float for a bit. It totally relaxes me.” When Thomas finally got to the ISS after training, what surprised him most was the beauty of our planet as seen from space. “There are no words, no images that can convey the beauty of the Earth as you soar 250 miles above it,” he says.
Today, we’re celebrating #CosmonautsDay with Thomas. Watch our Instagram story right now to explore life aboard the International Space Station.
Photo by @thom_astro