He was part of SpaceX’s second full crew to the space station — a mission called Crew-2.
—Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) November 6, 2021
His crewmates were NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.
The Crew-2 astronauts boarded SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship and undocked from the ISS on November 7.
Pesquet served as ISS commander for the last month of his spaceflight.
The next day, they plummeted to a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico.
Pesquet was “basically the designated professional photographer of this mission,” SpaceX engineer Kate Tice said on a livestream, as the Crew Dragon backed away from the ISS.
During his time in space, Pesquet took more than 245,000 photos from about 250 miles above the Earth.
“I think there’s too many pictures,” Pesquet said in a NASA Q&A on Monday.
On one of Pesquet’s last days in space, the ISS flew above a highly active, multicolored aurora borealis, triggered by a huge burst of particles from the sun.
“We flew right above the center of the ring, rapid waves and pulses all over,” Pesquet wrote when he shared the photo. Some of the aurora’s spikes reach higher than the space station, he added.
“We see the pollution of rivers, atmospheric pollution, things like that,” Pesquet told French President Emmanuel Macron on November 4.
He spoke with Macron on a video call from the ISS, as world leaders met during the UN climate conference in Scotland. Negotiators’ goal in Scotland should be to speed up humanity’s response to the climate crisis, Macron responded, according to The Associated Press.