Nicholas Yee ISU MSS17 Welcomes Thomas Pesquet during his Internship

Nicholas Yee an International Space University (ISU) Master of Space Studies Program (MSS17) participant reports back from the European Space Agency (ESA) European Astronaut Centre (EAC).

“I am interning in the Space Medicine Office of the ESA European Astronaut Centre.  Dr. Sergi Vaquer Araujo, an ESA Flight Surgeon, supervises my projects.  I am developing a medical database used for health care provision and real-time mission support.  In addition, I am researching the acute and chronic physiological effects of elevated inspired carbon dioxide.  Both projects play a key part in improving existing infrastructure and knowledge. Its importance makes my internship fast-paced and rewarding.

Since I arrived in Cologne, it has been non-stop excitement.  Within the first month, ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet returned from a six-month mission.  The interns and I attended his welcome party at 3 am on a Saturday; I have never felt so much energy.  From work to leisure, it has been a great experience.  I’ve had the privilege to learn from Biomedical Engineers, Exercise Specialists, and Flight Surgeons – the iconic figures that keep astronauts healthy.  Coming from a background in space physiology research, it is interesting to work in operational space medicine.  

My internship is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I hope to have again.”