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So you want to be an astronaut?

So you want to be an astronaut?
By Euronews

<p>Would you like to be an astronaut?</p> <p>If you fancy working with astronauts Thomas Pesquet, Tim Peake or Samantha Cristoforetti, you need a huge range of skills. In this 360 degree video we take you inside the real training facilities at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, in order to give you a taste of what a young astronaut needs to learn before they blast off into orbit. </p> <p>Trainer Laura André-Boyet explains to euronews’ Space correspondent Jeremy Wilks the basics of the training environment, which includes replicas of key modules of the International Space Station (<span class="caps">ISS</span>), and a mock-up of the iconic Soyuz capsule used for re-entry. These components are not present for show, but to serve as tools for astronaut trainers as they teach skills ranging from docking a spacecraft to manipulating a precious science experiment. </p> <p>Laura takes us inside the European Space Agency’s Columbus module on the <span class="caps">ISS</span>, the home of European science research in orbit. This is the exact module that Peake, Pesquet, Cristoforetti and others were trained on before their flights, offering viewers a unique insight into what the real working environment is like on the <span class="caps">ISS</span>.</p>