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So you want to be an astronaut?

So you want to be an astronaut?
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Would you like to be an astronaut?

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.

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 (ISS), 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.

Laura takes us inside the European Space Agency’s Columbus module on the ISS, 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 ISS.