VIDEO. Climate change: Thomas Pesquet signals to Emmanuel Macron the signs visible from space

the essential A few days before the end of his mission in the international space station, astronaut Thomas Pesquet spoke for a few minutes with Emmanuel Macron this Thursday, November 4.

“What really shocked me during this mission were extremely worrying meteorological or climatic phenomena. Fires on huge surfaces, entire regions burning …”

Thursday, November 4, Thomas Pesquet alerted Emmanuel Macron, during a live exchange with the President on the effects of climate change visible from space, in the context of the 26 The climate conference currently being held in Glasgow, Scotland.

During his mission, Thomas Pesquet relayed on social networks photos taken from the space station, of the many natural disasters he witnessed. Events he wanted to tell the President. “We saw the whole of California covered in a cloud of smoke, we could see the flames with the naked eye from the Space Station, at 400 km from altitude (…) We also unfortunately saw the sad spectacle of tropical storms “. So many phenomena which “are accelerating in a worrying way, from one year to the next one beats records of temperature on Earth, but also of fires, storms, floods”, reports the astronaut who says “very clearly see the difference compared to the mission of five years ago “.

“I direct my camera when there are disturbing or pretty things, but this must be complemented with the very scientific vision of observation satellites, the program of the Space Agency or the Cnes”, he said. added.

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The astronaut also stressed that his last days aboard the ISS were “a bit special”, because of “uncertainties on the date of return”. According to information from La Dépêche du Midi, discussions are underway on this subject and his team should be back within a few days, even if, for the time being, the exact date has not been fixed.

“Laboratory in the service of the Earth”

Thomas Pesquet also spoke about his mission and objectives. “The Space Station is being used as a laboratory for the service of Earth.” As the Elysee underlines to La Dépêche du Midi: “The aim of this strategy is to observe the Earth and to better understand it in a context of climate change”. An observation which nevertheless remains polluting because of the waste generated by these missions. To which the Elysee responds: “We are closely monitoring the subject of space pollution, the objective of the New Space strategy is to build a virtuous ecosystem, which of course includes space debris monitoring”.

The President and the astronaut also discussed the French space future. For Thomas Pesquet, space “will help us face the challenges of the future” and France “has all the assets” for that. But, he recalls, “you have to have great ambition”. Emmanuel Macron, for his part, considered that the France strategy 2030 aims to “project the country” because “France is a very large space nation within the ‘Europe”.

The Élysée told La Dépêche du Midi that “the New Space strategy is based on very significant funding dedicated to emerging players in space. The France plan 2030 includes 1 , 5 billion euros in space, which will finance almost exclusively emerging players. The President of the Republic wants to rely on start-ups, which themselves can rely on large structures, such as the Cnes, who will provide them with their expertise, particularly in matters of security. This is how innovative partnerships can emerge: by drawing on the strengths of all the players. “

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