Thomas Pesquet, French Astronaut And Social Media Star
?How romantic! What a gift to the married couple!?
When French astronaut Thomas Pesquet posted?a photograph of two wedding rings floating in space on Facebook, his numerous followers were thrilled. The wedding rings of Pesquet?s soon-to-be-married friends were twinkling by the stars. A poetic soul might even draw heavenly parallels about the universe, love, and life.
?In my 1,5 kg hand luggage, I brought the wedding rings of my friends? getting married this summer! I’ll be back in time to be their witness,?
Thomas Pesquet returned from his Space Mission Proxima as a national hero, and during his six months on the International Space Station (ISS), the ESA astronaut managed to inspire the people of Earth with daily tweets, YouTube videos, and breathtaking Instagram photos of our planet.
Many of the photos were of his home country, like the one he published during the Nice Mardi Gras Carnaval. The timing was important: it was the first big event organized on the Promenade des Anglais since the horrific attack of July 2016. The photo of Riviera gave hope to the people of Nice, who were still mourning.
But there were plenty of funny messages too, like a video of?Pesquet, a devoted basketball fan, showing off his Michael Jordan moves in a literal Space Jam, or the image of him trying to eat floating macaroons on his 39th birthday.
He also did his part to share his educational experiences outside of social media, including a live video discussion with over 200,000 small school children on World Water Day in March.
Willingness to share information
While some criticized Pesquet?s non-stop online presence and even joked about him having better online connection in space than an everyday Frenchman, most people thanked him for sharing his experiences with ordinary people.
“When I was small I would have liked to have the possibility to follow the life of astronauts on a space station. So I thought that for the small Thomas Pesquets out there, let?s try to do that. Maybe to make people think, push them to do their best, maybe have a scientific career. There is a lot of positive things that come with this adventure,” Pesquet said in an interview with the French television show Quotidien after his June return.
According to the European Space Agency, Pesquet wrote his tweets himself, even though he had three people at ESA helping him with his communication.
Pesquet, since the beginning of his mission has told about his desire to share information, and he does it remarkably, Jean Coisne, the head of communication of ESA told the French newspaper le Monde.
Thomas Pesquet is not the first astronaut to inform and entertain the earthly public. British astronaut Tim Peake ran the London marathon on a running mat on ISS and Italian Samantha Cristoforetti was filmed cutting her hair in space. Canadian NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield’s version of David Bowie?s Space Oddity has been watched 37 million times on YouTube.
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