Astronaut & Ambassador of Earth
André Kuipers is the first Dutchman with two space missions to his name. His second mission is the longest spaceflight in
European history. In total the ESA astronaut spent 204 days in space: 11 days during mission DELTA in 2004 and 193 days during
When André was in space he orbited Earth 16 times a day. Borders dividing countries are not visible from space. What is visible from
space are the global challenges humankind faces: climate change, deforestation, erosion, the consequences of urbanisation.
When looking at Earth from space it becomes clear that we live on a blue planet, without borders, consisting of more than 80% of water,
in a big and dark universe; Earth is in fact itself a ‘spaceship’ with limited supplies. New technologies – from recycling to satellite Earth observation
– are needed to ensure a good future for all of us and our oceans.