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And everything stopped quite rapidly because I knew that nobody in Europe was able to go to space. It was the privilege of being either American or Russian.
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And, I think, as a kid, I had a strong motivation to do something of my life. And, I think that's the strongest motivation I really got. And, that came obviously from my parents and my grandparents.
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And, you run also video because to fly this arm, you're relying mostly on some external camera views that may be coming from the arm itself or from the station.
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But, at the same time, I understood how critical that third EVA would be and we definitely need to repair the Canadian arm.
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Especially when I first really started to work with Kenneth and Franklin, who had been in space already. And so, they were able to talk about space and tell me a few things about how things would really happen.
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For me it took the whole crew to be assigned a few months later to really understand that I would go and fly in space.
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I had been here five years already, training very hard, learning about the systems, the shuttle, the station systems. But, everything really became real when I started to work with them.
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I think doing something of your life is something that you've got deep inside, whether it's to, whether you want to be an astronaut or a, whether you want to do science, or whether you want to be a movie star, or whatever.
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I think that witnessing ecological problems visible from space is one of the new and essential roles of astronauts.
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I've been as a pilot involved in the Gulf War. And then, in the No-Fly Zone.
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If you keep thinking of the MBS as a shoulder you need different attachments. Like on the human body, you've got different shoulders. And, we don't have different arms. So we just have one. And, we put the arm either on the right shoulder or on the left shoulder. So, that's basically what it is.
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It's only when you're flying above it that you realize how incredible the Earth really is.
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It's, I mean, for me, it's the same as training with my crewmembers. We share the same first part of the flight. We all go together. It's the most critical part of the flight, the ascent.
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Now in Houston there's actually an enormous collection of images taken from space.
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Polytechnique is a school whose multidisciplinary, very high scientific level curriculum is invaluable.
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Shortly afterwards, I did a third one to repair the robotic arm of the station. This arm plays a very important role in the ongoing expansion of the station as well as in the deployment of solar panels.
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Since there always has to be a certain number of astronauts manning the station at all times, one of the main aspects of the mission was to transport a new team to the station and bring back some members of the previous team back to Earth.
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So it's, I think it's quite, quite unique to fly with somebody with so much experience.
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So, everything really came back to my mind in the early 'Eighties when the first French astronaut flew. And then, I restarted to think about it.
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So, for me, I make no difference whether I'm training with my shuttle crew or the Expedition crew. Of course, I think I want to take more care of the Expedition crew, because they're going to stay there for a long time.
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So, I think for everybody in France, having a French astronaut is very, very special.
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So, I thought it was very interesting, very challenging, and I personally like being challenged. So, I overall, I was more excited than anything else.
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So, it takes a lot of chance and luck. I mean I was lucky enough to get in the program where people with the same skills never made it to the program. So keep trying.
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The last thing, and the only one that you cannot physically train for, is the psychological preparation.
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The student develops an analytical as well as finely blended character. He is able to choose from a wide variety of job fields from which to embrace a career, without having to be a specialist in one particular discipline.
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There are two types of training: swimming pool and virtual reality. Each one has its limits, but they complement each other well.
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This mission was the project of a decade's work.
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We also had to bring with us some desired scientific equipment over to the station as well as assemble new machines. For that, I had to conduct two space walks.
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Yes, I see the Mobile Base System really is the shoulder of the arm. The arm is right there, like a human arm. It's really funny to look at the similarities between a human arm and the Canadian robotics arm.
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Yes, there is a global international fighter pilot community. We've been on the same ventures before. I mean, in the past.
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