Stress-resistance and iron-clad resolve are two qualities that helped enthusiastic pilot Pesquet get on board a space mission. His physical and mental training took seven years. We primarily see the final year of the taxing, complex preparations he underwent alongside Russian pilot Oleg Novitsky and American astronaut Peggy Whitson. The latter is incidentally the most experienced space traveller on the planet.

Surrounded by a host of engineers, the crew drill extreme situations and disasters until, ultimately, after all the simulations in Houston, Baikonur and Moscow they are ready to do the real work in orbit for 196 days. The people on board the Proxima are the subjects of a follow-up documentary about the French hero. One thing is clear, only the physically and mentally fittest earthlings can dream of a career outside the earth’s atmosphere.

International title
Thomas Pesquet, How to Become an Astronaut
Filmmaker
Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff, Jürgen Hansen
Country
France
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
72’
Language
French
Producer
Jürgen Hansen, Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff
Production Company
Vingt-Cinquième Heure
Sales
Upside Distribution
Writer
Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff
Cinematography
Matthias Bolliger
Editor
Taras Rynza, Dmitry Rynza
Sound Design
Jean-Michel Petit, Axelle Gonay, Thibaut Macquart, Armand Lesecq
Music
Guillaume Perret, Emmanuel Guirquis