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The Imminent Return of Astronaut Thomas Pesquet

31 May 2017 | By INSERM (Newsroom) | Uncategorized

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After 6 months of life in space as part of the Proxima mission, French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will land on Friday, June 2, 2017, in the middle of the afternoon (4:08 p.m. Paris time), aboard the Soyuz capsule which is expected to touch down in the Kazakhstani steppes.

On the station, he carried out scientific experiments developed by the research team from Inserm Unit 1093 “Cognition, action and sensorimotor plasticity” (Inserm/Université de Bourgogne).

The perception of spatial markers among astronauts in zero gravity, space adaptation syndrome through study of the inner ear and cognitive function, biological risks and individual susceptibility to radiation in space, together with the determination of energy needs during spaceflight are some of the themes explored by Inserm researchers.

Once the French astronaut returns to earth, Inserm researchers will be able to study accelerated aging and potential bone changes related to spaceflight.

For news on this subject:

Read the press release “Minimum effort for maximum effect“, published on December 2, 2016.

Read the press release “Décollage de l’astronaute Thomas Pesquet pour l’ISS (Astronaut Thomas Pesquet takes off for the ISS)“, published on November 15, 2016 (only available in French)

Researcher Contact

Récupération au retour sur terre et modifications osseuses dues au vol spatial

UMR 1059 SAINBIOSE (Santé, Ingénierie, BIOlogie, Saint-Etienne)

Laurence Vico
Directrice de recherche Inserm/Université de St-Etienne
04 77 42 18 57


Vieillissement accéléré, conséquence des vols spatiaux

Unité Inserm 970 « PARCC (Paris – Centre de recherche cardiovasculaire) » – équipe « Physiopathologie, pharmacologie et imagerie des grosses artères » (Paris)

Pierre Boutouyrie
01 56 09 39 66

Stéphane Laurent
01 56 09 39 61