Graduation ceremony of ESA astronaut class of 2022


Watch the replay as ESA astronaut candidates Sophie Adenot, Rosemary Coogan, Pablo Álvarez Fernández, Raphaël Liégeois, Marco Sieber and Australian Space Agency astronaut candidate Katherine Bennell-Pegg receive astronaut certification at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre. This officially marks their transition into fully-fledged astronauts, ready and eligible for spaceflight.

The group was selected in November 2022 and began their year-long basic astronaut training in April 2023.

Basic astronaut training provides the candidates with an overall familiarisation and training in various areas, such as spacecraft systems, spacewalking, flight engineering, robotics and life support systems, as well as survival and medical training.

Following certification, the new astronauts will move on to the next phases of pre-assignment and mission-specific training, paving the way for future missions to the International Space Station and beyond.

00:00 – 05:14 – Stay tuned
05:15 – 07:05 – Event
07:06 – 16:46 – Statement from Josef Aschbacher, ESA Director General
16:47 – 21:35 – Statement from Daniel Neuenschwander, Director of Human and Robotic Exploration
21:36 – 24:40 – Statement from Frank De Winne, Head of ESA’s European Astronaut Centre
24:41 – 31:35 – Event
31:36 – 36:35 – ESA astronaut class of 2022 graduation ceremony
36:36 – 40:10 – Statement from Enrico Palermo, Head of the Australian Space Agency
40:11 – 41:03 – Katherine Bennell-Pegg graduation ceremony
41:04 – 44:40 – Statement from Thomas Dermine, State Secretary for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investments
44:41 – 56:20 – Live Q&A
56:21 – 57:15 End of event

Credits: ESA – European Space Agency

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  1. Congratulation to you all ESA Austronauts.. You lucky people get to work in the most Peaceful place in the Univers.. Amazing work ahead and we are all looking forward to follow you.. Bon Voyas and be safe everyone Greetings from Skandinavia 💕🇮🇸😊👍💕 Thank's for sharing

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