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Humankind Facing the Universe

Thomas Pesquet (credits: ESA/Nicole Fischer) and Michael López-Alegría (credits: NASA)

In the framework of the Night of Ideas, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Houston and Washington present "Humankind Facing the Universe", a free online discussion to be watched on the night between January 28 and January 29 at 12:30am (midnight) CST on http://nightofideas.org/.


About the discussion

Join French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría in a conversation as they relate to the theme Proche / Closing the Distance by sharing with us their experiences and passion for space. 

In English with French subtitles.

Thomas Pesquet (copyright ESA/NASA)


About the speakers

Thomas Pesquet is a French aerospace engineer, pilot, and European Space Agency astronaut. He was selected by ESA as a candidate in May 2009. From November 2016 to June 2017, he was part of Expedition 50 and Expedition 51 to the International Space Station as a flight engineer. Pesquet will return to space in the Spring 2021 on board the SpaceX Crew Dragon for a second six-month stay on the ISS (Alpha Mission). 

Michael Lopez-Alegria, former NASA Astronaut & Commander, is the current Vice President of Business Development for Axiom Space. He has been selected to command the crew of Ax-1, the first fully private orbital space mission in human history. He is a four-time astronaut (3 Space Shuttle missions, 1 ISS Expedition) and holds NASA records for the most Extravehicular Activities (EVA) and cumulative EVA time. Follow @CommanderMLA

Eric van der Wal, moderator of this discussion, is a senior liaison officer in the ESA Houston Office at the NASA Johnson Space Center.  He covers various programs, including the ISS and the new US Crewed Vehicles, Orion, and Gateway. Eric, who joined ESA in 1990, was born in Grenoble, France, and has lived in various European countries prior to moving to the US to serve in his current role. In the last 30 years, he was involved in operations, programmatic support and liaison activities for human spaceflight.


Our Partners

Special thanks to the European Space Agency and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales.


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