First three-week spaceflight in 1998
He began his astronaut career as back-up to Claudie Haigneré on the French-Russian Cassiopée mission in 1996 before being selected as prime astronaut for the Pégase mission in January-February 1998, when he spent 3 weeks on Russia’s Mir space station.
9 years in Houston
But up to the launch of Atlantis on 6 December, Léopold Eyharts’ schedule has no more trips planned outside the United States—a luxury he hasn’t tasted for 3 years.
For example, I will be operating the robot arm during my two crewmates’ extravehicular activities.” Léopold Eyharts doesn’t feel any pressure under the responsibilities he will be shouldering during his mission: “There’s nothing to worry about, but we know that sometimes mishaps occur, so we train to deal with them.
24 October 2007