EXPERIENCE MISSION ALPHA AT CITÉ DE L’ESPACE
WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF ESA AND CNES, CITÉ DE L’ESPACE OFFERS YOU THE CHANCE TO FOLLOW THE NEW MISSION OF ESA’S FRENCH ASTRONAUT, THOMAS PESQUET, UP CLOSE
Thomas Pesquet, the French astronaut of ESA (the European Space Agency), is back at the heart of European and international space news for a new six-month mission, Mission Alpha, aboard the International Space Station (ISS). On this occasion, Cité de l’espace offers you new facilities to monitor the mission continuously and understand its scientific objectives: the “Suivi Mission Alpha” exhibition, Café Alpha encounters, as well as special days and events throughout the mission.
“SUIVI MISSION ALPHA”, A NEW EXHIBITION SPACE TO PLUNGE INTO THE HEART OF THE MISSION
On Thursday 22 April at 12.11 p.m. (French time), Thomas Pesquet, flew aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, heading for the International Space Station as part of Mission Alpha. Over six months, he will carry out a number of scientific experiments and become commander of the ISS at the end of his stay in orbit.
With the new “Suivi Mission Alpha” exhibition space, follow the highlights of the mission, from the ground preparation, the teams involved, the journey to the International Space Station, right up to the scientific experiments. Plunge into the heart of Thomas Pesquet’s space mission thanks to this lively and immersive exhibition.
“Suivi Mission Alpha” welcomes you into a set which looks like a control room. This monitoring facility allows you to see in real time where the Station is located and monitor flight events live (take-off, arrival at the International Space Station, space walks, etc.). Through exclusive accounts, Thomas Pesquet and ESA and CNES teams share the issues and progress of the mission with you. Amazing models of Mission Alpha experiments will enlighten you on the purpose of their scientific objectives.
During his mission, Thomas Pesquet will carry out twelve CNES experiments. These are prepared and monitored from Toulouse by CADMOS (Centre d’Aide au Développement des Activités en Micropesanteur et des Opérations Spatiales) [Help Centre for the Development of Activities in Micro-Gravity and Space Operations] at CNES. Four of them are on display at Cité de l’espace:
- Dream : a study of astronauts’ sleep
- Edible Foam : experimental use of re-usable, biodegradable or edible packaging materials.
- Blob : an experiment aiming to observe the behaviour of the blob ( a living organism which is neither, animal, vegetable, bacteria nor fungus) in the International Space Station. An educational experiment for young people in conjunction with schools from primary to high school.
The blob, a scientific project developed by CNRS and Audrey Dussutour
- Pilote : a neuroscience experiment applied to tele-robotics to assist astronauts with remotely piloted tasks.
NEW: SIT IN THE CREW DRAGON CAPSULE
Thomas Pesquet is the first European astronaut to travel on board SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon capsule. At the heart of the “Suivi Mission Alpha” exhibition area, you can take a seat in a set like the cabin of the Crew Dragon capsule, the ship in which the astronaut will be travelling on his voyage to the Space Station.
A NOD: THE SPECIAL EUROPEAN CUP SHIRT OF STADE TOULOUSAIN RUGBY TEAM
Visitors will be able to see an example of the Stade Toulousain rugby shirt made in collaboration with ESA and Thomas Pesquet. This shirt, unveiled in December 2020 at Cité de l’espace, displays a number of references to space.
For example, its badge highlights the stars that Stade Toulousain wears as a result of its European titles, as well as Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to our Sun, which inspired the name of Thomas Pesquet’s first mission on board the International Space Station, in 2016.
“Suivi Mission Alpha”: an exhibition produced with the participation of ESA (the European Space Agency) and CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) [National Centre of Space Studies].
CAFÉ ALPHA: DISCUSSIONS ON MISSION ALPHA … At coffee time!
Meet a scientist or a personality with a passion for space to discuss Thomas Pesquet’s mission.
From Monday 19 April, at 1.30 p.m., Cité de l’espace offers you a programme of scientific and cultural encounters around Mission Alpha. During these 30-minute rendezvous, meet a personality involved in Mission Alpha or inspired by it: a scientist, researcher, engineer, as well as an author, philosopher, physical preparation coach or sports personality, etc…
Programme Dates and Speakers > All Café Alpha Meetings
ALL YEAR ROUND, EVENTS UP CLOSE TO THE NEWS!
In collaboration with ESA and CNES, Cité de l’espace offers you rendezvous, throughout astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s Mission Alpha.
The first highlight of Mission Alpha: the departure of Thomas Pesquet and his crewmates for the ISS on 23 April 2021. Find all the details.