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André Kuipers

André Kuipers is the first Dutchman with two space missions to his name. His second mission is one of the longest spaceflights in European history. In total the ESA astronaut and medical doctor spent 204 days in space: 11 days during mission DELTA in 2004 and 193 days during mission PromISSe.
 
After years of training in Houston, Moscow, Cologne, Montreal and Tokyo, a Russian Soyuz spaceship launched André Kuipers and his two crew members from Russia and America on the 21st of December 2011 from Kazakhstan. Two days later he arrived at the International Space Station to live and work for six months. On board he was not only a medical doctor, scientist and flight engineer, but also handyman and ambassador for several charities. During his mission, he took part in around 50 experiments covering a wide range of disciplines. He was the prime crewmember for the rendezvous and docking of ESA’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle. He was also involved in berthing SpaceX’s Dragon ferry. On the 1st of July 2012, André returned to Earth and landed in his space capsule in the Kazakh steppe.