French astronaut Thomas Pesquet took to Twitter Saturday to share his stunning view of the aurora borealis from space. Pesquet's photo showed the northern lights shining green and blue over a darkened Earth. "The view at night recently has been simply magnificent," the astronaut wrote. I can't look away from the windows." Read: What Is Mars Like?
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk today, along with American astronaut Shane Kimbrough. The mission aims to help upgrade the power system outside the International Space Station with new, refrigerator-sized lithium-ion batteries and finish other power maintenance. You can watch the six-hour spacewalk live below, and Nasa is streaming it here. The men's goal for the six-and-a-half hour spacewalk is to finish power maintenance work. This includes connecting several modern lithium-ion batteries, which weigh about 428 pounds (194 kilograms) each, to store power for the orbiting lab as it flies in Earth shadow.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has taken some spectacular photos of Earth from space. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has taken some spectacular photos of Earth from space. He recently tweeted a photo of the Rocky Mountains and said: 'The Rocky Mountains are a step too high - even for the clouds to cross.' The mountain chain is one of the continent's most dramatic geographical shifts as they rise heading west from an interior plain to heights as great as 14,000 feet. Their 3,000-mile expanse makes them distinctively visible from outer space.
A French and an American astronaut floated outside the International Space Station Friday on a successful spacewalk to upgrade the orbiting outpost for the arrival of future space crews. Outfitted in bulky white spacesuits, helmets and gloves, France's Thomas Pesquet, 39, and American Shane Kimbrough, 49, completed their work right on schedule, after six hours and 34 minutes in the vacuum of space. "Another great example of international collaboration and the work that we can do when we get a great team like this together," said Jessica Meir, a NASA astronaut who coordinated the spacewalk from mission control in Houston. The goal for Friday's outing was to prepare for the installation of the second of two parking spots for space taxis, known as the International Docking Adapters. New crew spaceships, being designed by SpaceX and Boeing, will use them when they begin flying astronauts to the station in the coming years, as early as 2018.
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN – A Soyuz rocket carrying a veteran American astronaut, a French newcomer and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off for the International Space Station on Friday. The crew of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russia's Oleg Novitskiy and France's Thomas Pesquet lifted off from the Russia-leased launch facility in Kazakhstan at 2:20 a.m. Friday (2020 GMT, 3:20 p.m. EST Thursday) and went into orbit eight minutes later. The crew will now travel for two days before docking at the space station. Whitson, who will celebrate her 57th birthday in February, has now become the oldest woman in space, adding to her long list of barrier-breaking records.