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Claude Nicollier
ESA Astronaut
Nationality Swiss
Status Retired from ESA
Born (1944-09-02) 2 September 1944 (age 72)
Vevey, Switzerland
Other occupation
Professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland
Time in space
42d 12h 05m
Selection 1978 ESA Group
Missions STS-46, STS-61, STS-75, STS-103
Mission insignia

I feel very privileged to be part of this mission, and when my nomination was announced, I was really very, very happy to be selected for this mission.
Claude Nicollier
In general, the objects in the universe that are very high-energy objects, or the processes that are high-energy processes, will radiate more in the short wavelength range towards the gamma rays or the x-rays.
Claude Nicollier
We developed already, before the first servicing mission, this has been further developed on the second servicing mission and we refined it this time, all the terminology.
Claude Nicollier
My name was on the list very early after these announcements were made through the newspapers in Europe.
Claude Nicollier
My first dream as a child was to become a pilot. My second dream was to become an astronomer, and I pursued in parallel efforts and studies in these two areas.
Claude Nicollier
I think a benefit is that we try to put it up in a short time. From the decision to do this mission until we fly, it's six months and one week or so, so it's a very short time.
Claude Nicollier
As far as the radio waves part of the spectrum, we can do these adequately from the ground because the atmosphere is basically transparent to our radio waves.
Claude Nicollier
The Next Generation Space Telescope, which will be located much further away from the Earth than the Hubble Space Telescope presently is, will also explore the infrared part of the spectrum.
Claude Nicollier
Hubble is very close to my heart, and going back to Hubble, because I was there once already in 1993, is really a great privilege for me.
Claude Nicollier
I would say the most help I got was from my dad. My dad is a civil engineer in Switzerland; he's 90 years old now, so he's no longer active as a civil engineer, but still a very active person.
Claude Nicollier
We have the Fine Guidance Sensors, one of which we will exchange out of three. Another one we changed on the last servicing mission, and on the fourth servicing mission in 2003 or 2004, the third one will be exchanged.
Claude Nicollier
It is going to be an experiment of how it works, and I see I have all reasons to believe that it will work fine. But it's a short time. And we also have pushed the envelope here a little beyond what has been done in the past.
Claude Nicollier
On one hand, to be able to go from one direction in the sky to study such an object to another direction to study another object, and on the other hand to be able to maintain accurately the position in space.
Claude Nicollier
You can see these boxes which are covered with metal foils for thermal reasons, and they are also, most of the time, thermally controlled inside to keep reasonable temperature inside each of these containers.
Claude Nicollier
Then, much later, my next dream was to become an astronaut, and I was fortunate to realize that dream, also.
Claude Nicollier
The future infrared space telescope will cover that area in a much more efficient manner.
Claude Nicollier
The objects that are of moderate energy, like our sun or most of the stars that we see in the night sky with the naked eye, are objects in which relatively moderate energy processes are taking place.
Claude Nicollier