In 1989, Frank de Winne answered a newspaper job ad. But not a typical one. The European Space Agency (ESA) was searching for new astronauts. He went through a demanding 2,5-year training and waited 10 years to get into space. He spent 198 days in the International Space Station and became the first ESA astronaut to command a space mission. A modest Belgian who now leads young European astronauts says that life after space does not end, but rather starts.
You can read the whole interview on National Geographic website in Czech.
Photo: Petr Kačírek
Cover photo: ESA-S.Corvaja