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Thomas Pesquet photographs Grenoble from space and pays homage to the city


Thomas Pesquet paid tribute to the city of Grenoble (Isère) on Saturday July 10. As relates France 3 Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, the astronaut shared an aerial photo of the capital of the Alps on social networks. “We owe him a lot on the station”, he wrote in the caption.

Thomas Pesquet notably mentioned “Melfi”, an essential tool on the international space station which was designed by Air Liquide, based in Sassenage, near Grenoble, relates The Dauphiné Libéré

“An ideal place”

This freezer allows astronauts to keep all kinds of biological samples and samples down to less than -80 degrees before their return to Earth. “It can be just as well animal and plant cells studied within the framework of experiments in biology, as blood, saliva, urine of astronauts, among others… It works with nitrogen and according to our program of ‘experiments to be carried out, we may have to use them on a daily basis “, he explained on social networks in 2016.

Followed by nearly 2 million people on Instagram and more than 1 million on Twitter, Thomas Pesquet also cited in his legend the city’s electron accelerator (the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the most powerful in the world according to Sciences and the Future), “Another proof of the scientific inclination of Grenoble”, he writes.

In English, the astronaut also presented Grenoble as “An ideal place for winter sports enthusiasts since the Alps are very close”.

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