The Pyrénées go galactic

After the long months of confinement, even travelling over the border to Spain seemed like a big mission… so how about space??

French celebrity astronaut, Thomas Pesquet, stayed home to save lives, just like the rest of us. Why not test your French by watching his astronaut’s guide to lock down below.

Anyway, lockdown is over, and although we don’t know who checked his pass sanitaire on arrival, we can confirm that he made it back to the International Space Station, safe and sound.

Not only that, but on the 16th October, around 10am, the ISS flew over the Pyrénées, capturing some great footage thanks to perfect weather conditions.

Look out for the long sandy beach between Saint Cyprien and Canet en Roussillon, complete with the étang de Saint Nazaire. Can you spot your coin?

Did you know?

  • The ISS is the single most expensive object ever built. The cost of the ISS has been estimated at over $120 billion.
  • There are only two bathrooms on the entire station. The urine of both the crewmembers and laboratory animals is filtered back into the station’s drinking water supply, so at least they’ll never get thirsty.
  • The ISS travels at an out-of-this-world speed of 5 miles per second, circling the entire planet once every 90 minutes.
  • The ISS is the third brightest object in the night sky after the moon and Venus.

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