Biographies of International Astronauts




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Personal data

Birthdate:  13.05.1957
Birthplace:  Le Creusot / Burgundy
Marital status:  married
Children:  one
Selection date:  09.09.1985
Selection group:  CNES-2 / EAC
Position:  Research Cosmonaut (RC) / Test Cosmonaut (TC) / LS
Status:  Ret. 18.06.2002


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  Soyuz TM-24 / Soyuz TM-23  Research Cosmonaut  17.08. - 02.09.1996 15d 18h 23m 
2  Soyuz TM-33 / Soyuz TM-32  Flight Engineer  21.10. - 31.10.2001 9d 19h 59m 
Total  25d 14h 22m 
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Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  Soyuz TM-17  Research Cosmonaut
2  Soyuz TM-29  Flight Engineer

Additional information

Doctorate degree in biology and sports medicine from the University of Gyjon, 1981; professor at Cochin Hospital in Paris; was selected as backup during the missions of Soyuz TM-17 and Soyuz TM-29; from 61 European candidates for the ESA 1991 selection one of six French candidates, but not selected then; joined the European Astronaut Corps on 1 November 1999; in a second marriage married to French Astronaut Jean-Pierre Haigneré (former name: André-Deshays); hobbies: modern art (painting, sculpture), reading, sports (gymnastics, golf); Minister for Research and New Technologies (June 07, 2002 - March 30, 2004); Minister for European Affairs (April 01, 2004 - May 31, 2005).

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Last update on July 08, 2009.