Space: for Sophie Adinot, “the profession of an astronaut has no gender”
She is the second French woman to become an astronaut, twenty years after Claudie Haignéry. On November 23, the European Space Agency (ESA) revealed a list of its new class of European astronauts. And Sophie Adinot40, out of 22,523 candidates. She joins a team of five, consisting of three men, and a second woman, Briton Rosemary Cogan, 31. However, Sophie Adenot seemed to catch all the spotlight. An exceptional woman in a predominantly male world. Sophie Adinot, who was invited Friday morning at Europe 1, returns to this topic. According to her, being an astronaut, “It’s a profession that has no gender, even if the percentages right now mean there are few women.”
Diversity in a team should be taken in a broad sense.
“I have in mind the role of ambassador for women who need inspiration and young girls who need inspiration,” she explained to Dimitri Pavlenko’s microphone. If it was this appointment within the European Space Agency that made Sophie Adenot known to the general public, it isastronaut She has a proven track record. In particular, in 2018 she became the first helicopter test pilot in France to test prototypes, before being promoted to colonel in May 2021.
For the astronaut, “Diversity in a team has to be taken in the broadest sense. It’s the diversity of profiles, the diversity of origins, the diversity of races. And I think the promotion of the five that are selected, highlights the different profiles and origins.” In addition to this team of five, twelve “reserve” astronauts have also joined the European Space Agency. Of these, six women and six men, including John McFall of the United Kingdom, who is in a “physically incapacitated” condition, declared for the European Space Agency. He can also become The first disabled astronaut to go into space.
The principle of “magnifying glass and big vision”
At the Europe 1 mic, Sophie Adenot, who had dreamed of becoming an astronaut since her childhood, wanted to give advice to all young people who wanted to embark on this path. “A lot of work, it’s clear,” I immediately remembered at the microphone of Dmitry Pavlenko.
“But you always have to believe in it, and never forget this little principle that you have applied since you were little: the principle of the magnifying glass and the telescope. You have to be in everyday life paying attention to details, paying attention to performance in your daily life and simply appreciating what you do in your daily life.” This is the magnifying glass, it is precision, it is an everyday measure. And the long vision is to keep in mind the dream, the distant one and this is what allows us to move forward and not ignore, neither the distant dream nor everyday life which also demands all attention,” she advised on Mic Europe 1.