First Flight: 8/17/1996
Last Flight: 10/21/2001
Claudie André-Deshays Haigneré (born 13 May 1957) is a French former astronaut with the Centre National d’Études Spatiales and the European Space Agency. She was the first French woman to go the space and the first European woman to visit the International Space Station.
European Space Agency
Administration: Johann-Dietrich Wörner
The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organisation of 22 member states. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, France, ESA has a worldwide staff of about 2,000 employees.
ESA’s space flight programme includes human spaceflight (mainly through participation in the International Space Station program); the launch and operation of unmanned exploration missions to other planets and the Moon; Earth observation, science and telecommunication; designing launch vehicles; and maintaining a major spaceport, the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou, French Guiana.