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IMAGE: French Astronaut Claudie Haigneré
French Astronaut Claudie Haigneré, Soyuz 3 Taxi Flight Engineer.
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Claudie Haigneré (formerly André-Deshays)
European Space Agency (ESA) Astronaut

Personal: Born May 13, 1957 in Le Creusot, France. Married with one daughter. Enjoys contemporary art (painting, sculpture), reading, and sports, especially gymnastics and golf.

Education: Graduated from Faculté de Médecine (Paris-Cochin) and Faculté des Sciences (Paris-VII). Rheumatologist. Certificates (Certificats d'Etudes Spécialisées) in biology and sports medicine (1981), aviation and space medicine (1982), and rheumatology (1984). In 1986 she received a diploma (Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies) in biomechanics and physiology of movement. Ph.D thesis in neuroscience in 1992.

Organizations: Honorary Member of the Société Francaise de Médecine Aéronautique et Spatiale, Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Honorary Member and Administrateur of the Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France (AAAF), Member of the Académie de l'Air et de l'Espace (ANAE).

Special Honors: "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur" and "Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite."Successive ranks of the Russian "Order of Friendship" in recognition of her long and successful involvement in Franco-Russian space cooperation, and the Russian "Medal for Personal Valour."

Experience: From 1984 to 1992, she worked in the Rheumatology Clinic and the Rehabilitation Department at Cochin Hospital in Paris. Her duties included research and application of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in rheumatology and sports traumatology. From 1985 to 1990, she also worked in the Neurosensory Physiology Laboratory at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. She was involved in the development and preparation of scientific experiments in the field of human physiology, in particular with the "Physalie" and "Viminal" experiments flown on the Franco-Soviet "Aragatz" mission to the Mir station in 1988, with Jean-Loup Chrétien aboard the Mir station. Her research topics were human adaptation of motor and cognitive systems in weightlessness. Claudie Haigneré was selected as a French candidate astronaut in 1985 by CNES, the French Space Agency. From 1990 to 1992, she was responsible for French and international space physiology and medicine programs in the CNES Life Sciences Division in Paris. From 1989 to 1992, she was responsible for scientific coordination of the life sciences experiments aboard the Franco-Russian "Antarès" mission, which took place in 1992. She regularly took part in parabolic flight campaigns aboard the Zero-G Caravelle.In October 1992, she was assigned as the back-up cosmonaut to Jean-Pierre Haigneré for the Franco-Russian "Altair" mission from July 1 to 22, 1993. During this mission, she was responsible for monitoring the biomedical experiments as a member of the ground team at the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, near Moscow. In September 1993, she was responsible for the coordination of the scientific program of the Franco-Russian "Cassiopée" mission and for the French experiments aboard the ESA Euromir '94 mission. In December 1994, she was assigned to the "Cassiopée" mission as a Research Cosmonaut and started training in Star City near Moscow on January 1, 1995. The 16-day mission took place from August 17 to September 2, 1996. In 1997, she worked in Moscow as the French representative of Starsem, the Franco-Russian company. In May 1998, she was selected as a back-up for Jean-Pierre Haigneré for the Franco-Russian "Perseus" mission to Mir in February 1999. She trained for spacewalks and qualified as a Cosmonaut Engineer for both the Soyuz vehicle and the Mir space station. During the mission, she was crew interface coordinator at the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, Russia. In July 1999, she became the first woman to qualify as a Soyuz Return Commander. She can now command a three-person Soyuz capsule during its return from space. In March 2001, she was qualified by ESA/EAC for the ISS Basic Training.

Space Flight Experience: From August 17 to September 2, 1996, on the Cassiopée mission, she performed a wide range of experiments in the fields of life sciences (physiology and developmental biology), fluid physics and technology. After completion of the mission, she attended many scientific workshops and conferences, contributing to the enhancement of data analysis and preparations for the scientific programs of future projects.

Current Assignment: On November 1, 1999, she joined the European Astronaut Corps, whose home base is the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany. Since then, she has taken part in ESA development projects for the European Microgravity Facilities for Columbus and supported the medical activities in the Agency's Directorate of Manned Spaceflight and Microgravity. In January 2001, she took up training in Star City near Moscow for her assignment as a Soyuz Flight Engineer for the October 2001 "taxi flight" to the International Space Station. This "Andromède" mission has two main purposes: to exchange the Soyuz spacecraft that is used as a crew escape vehicle, and to carry out a scientific and technical research program organized by the French space agency CNES during her eight day-stay onboard the International Space Station.


Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 10/15/2003
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