The Life of an Astronaut | Claude Nicollier | TEDxYouth@Zurich

20/04/2015 18:04:04

Claude gives an informative talk on space exploration and the unique experience of being an astronaut who has lived in space for prolonged periods of time. His talk also gives us a hint about the future of global space exploration.

Claude Nicollier has been, for nearly 30 years, a European Space Agency ESA astronaut of Swiss nationality. He graduated from the University of Lausanne in 1970 and the University of Geneva in 1975. He also graduated as a Swiss Air Force pilot in 1966, an airline pilot in 1974, and a test pilot in 1988. He was a member of the first group of ESA astronauts selected in 1978. He then joined Group 9 of NASA astronauts in 1980 for Space Shuttle training at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas where he was stationed until September 2005. His technical assignments in Houston included Space Shuttle flight software verification in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory SAIL, development of Tethered Satellite System TSS retrieval techniques, Remote Manipulator System RMS and International Space Station ISS robotics support.

Claude is an accomplished astronaut and gives insight into the "alien" world of space.

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