1st Spanish Astronaut
Pedro Duque is Spain’s first Astronaut and a national hero in his home country. He appears regularly on television in Spain and held the first televised interview from space with former President Aznar in 2003.
Having experienced the rigorous training schedule required to become an Astronaut first hand, Pedro inspires audiences and talks about the drive and dedication required to reach this level and how we can all apply this in both our professional and private lives.
In August 1996, Pedro entered the Mission Specialist Class at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. This training led to his certification as a Mission Specialist in April 1998, qualifying him for assignments on board the Space Shuttle.
Pedro has flown two missions. He was a Mission Specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery (29 October to 7 November 1998) and from October 20-27, 2003, he lived and worked aboard the International Space Station carrying out an extensive program of scientific, technological and educational experiments as part of the Cervantes mission.
His presentations are highly motivational and he is in great demand by Spanish audiences keen to hear his fascinating story.
Pedro presents in Spanish and English.