French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet Votes in Presidential Elections from International Space Station

French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet

ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet from France voted for the second round of French Presidential elections from the International Space Station. Being at ISS didn’t stop Pesquet from voting for his favorite candidate in the Presidential elections. This year, the voter turnout remained low for presidential elections compared to 2007 and 2012. French voters had to choose between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen during the second round of presidential elections. The results for elections will be announced shortly.

Thomas Pesquet is the youngest ESA astronaut to go for a mission on the International Space Station. Pesquet asked his French colleague to vote for him for presidential elections. He gave power of attorney to his colleague for voting. The International Space Station cruises nearly 400 kilometers above Earth’s surface.

Astronauts at ISS are easily able to communicate with us and share their stories and interesting images. Many astronauts have provided interested images of our planet from ISS on their social media accounts. Pesquet said that he wanted to vote in order to remind French citizens to exercise their right to choose their leader. Pesquet added that he voted for the candidate considering the promises and plans shared by candidates. Pesquet has not shared the candidate he supports.

During an interview, Pesquet said, "I think it's important to open up and understand that the world is done with others, not against others, that we need more bridges than walls."

Mr. Pesquet currently lives in Germany. Pesquet will return back after completing his six-month mission at the International Space Station.

From 19 November 2016, Pesquet is part of the International Space Station as a crew member for Expedition 50 and Expedition 51. In 2001, he received a master's degree from the École nationale supérieure de l'aéronautique et de l'espace in Toulouse, France, majoring in space systems and space vehicle mechanics. He spent his final year before graduation at the École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada, as an exchange student on the Aeronautics and Space Master.

Pesquet graduated from the Air France flight school in 2006.

Most opinion polls for French elections suggest an easy win for Emmanuel Macron in the second round.