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FAO designates European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet as FAO Goodwill Ambassador
11 Apr 2021 -  The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) designates European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet as Goodwill Ambassador on the International Day of Human Space Flight (12 April).

The French astronaut has been working together with FAO since 2018 to raise global awareness on food security and climate change. The nomination will reinforce and support the FAO’s advocacy to end hunger and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Thomas Pesquet joins the virtual designation ceremony as he prepares for his second space mission to the International Space Station later this month.

Pesquet will be travelling to the International Space Station (ISS) with the SpaceX Crew Dragon, and will spend six months in space with JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and pilot Megan McArthur.

The goals of the Alpha mission, named after Alpha Centauri, the closest stellar system to Earth, are to make scientific experiments and preparing the next steps for space exploration.

12th April 2021 marks 60 years since Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin completed one full orbit of the Earth, becoming the first human to travel to space. To celebrate the beginning of the space era for mankind, the United Nations General Assembly declared in 2011, 12th April as the International Day of Human Space Flight.
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