[:en]This November, Thomas Pesquet will be the next French astronaut to fly to the International Space Station. How do astronauts pack their bags for a spaceflight? Suffice to say that it is a rigorous process, as they are allowed just 1.5 kg of personal belongings aside from their clothing and work equipment!
What would you take to space if, like Thomas, you were leaving on a long-duration space mission?
Charlotte Poupon is an industrial designer and PhD postgraduate student in geography at the University of Artois (Arras) and neurosciences at IRBA, the French armed forces biomedical research institute. She has been doing research since 2010 on remote, confined, extreme and unusual environments. To this end, she spent time on the L'Emeraude nuclear-powered attack submarine and took part in a summer field campaign in the Antarctic, making the 2,400-km, 3-week round trip to the Concordia research base on a tractor in a convoy totally unassisted.She was subsequently commander for a 2-week rotation at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah Desert in the United States. Since 2013, she has been working with a doctoral allocation co-funded by the University of Artois and the French defence procurement agency DGA.