LE FIGARO.- How important is this first flight?
Jean-François CLERVOY. - Leaving in a new ship is always a very special mission, especially for the crew, who must experience this moment with great excitement. This is historic for the United States, which is turning the page on a period of nine years when it depended on the Russians to go into space. And this dependence was, in fact, even longer, since the last flights of the shuttles were used to complete the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS) but were no longer used for crew rotation.
This mission is also excellent news for the ISS, which will now have a second means of access.Jean-François Clervoy
American astronauts have in fact been dependent on Soyuz since 2009. This mission is also excellent news for the ISS, which will now have a second means of access. So far, in the event of a major technical problem on the Soyuz, we could have lost control of the Station, and been forced to desorb it in a controlled manner. In addition, in the event of a serious problem, the
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