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Michel Tognini

Michel Tognini

Status: Retired
9/30/1949 –
Nationality: French
Type: Government
First Flight: 7/27/1992
Last Flight: 7/23/1999

Michel Ange-Charles Tognini (born September 30, 1949 in Vincennes, France) is a French test pilot, Brigadier General in the French Air Force, and a former CNES and ESA astronaut. A veteran of two space flights, Tognini has logged a total of 19 days in space.

European Space Agency

Type: Multinational
Abbreviation: ESA
Administration: Johann-Dietrich W├Ârner
Founded: 1975


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.

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