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Swiss astronaut calls for cooperation with Morocco

Swiss astronaut calls for cooperation with Morocco

September 17, 2021 – 7:40 pm – Morocco


Claude Nicolier admires the level of the Moroccan aviation industry. The Swiss astronaut and professor, who visited the facilities of the Moroccan Aerospace Industries Group (GEMS) in Nouaceur on Tuesday, wishes to contribute to the development of cooperation with Morocco in this field.

The aviation expert was joined during his visit by the Swiss Ambassador to Morocco, Guillaume Schurer, as well as officials and stakeholders in the aviation sector. The visit comes within the framework of the celebration of the centenary of the Swiss diplomatic presence in Morocco. Nicholas in a statement to a mapHe expressed his admiration for the level of the Moroccan aviation industry. According to him, this is an important gain for the development of cooperation with Switzerland in particular and Europe in general.

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Nicholas gained experience during his many space exploration missions from 1981 to 2011, having spent more than 1,000 hours in space, on more than 135 different space exploration missions. He loves to share his experience with the public because he is convinced that space will always be a source of inspiration to humanity, as access to space allows global observation of the Earth so that necessary measures can be taken to ensure its preservation and sustainability. from our planet.

The expert also expressed his admiration for the quality of training provided by the Institute of Aviation Professions, as well as the high level of competence of professionals in this sector in Morocco, who are open to strong cooperation with their European counterparts, including Switzerland.

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After studying physics at Lausanne and astrophysics in Geneva, Claude Nicolier became a researcher in astrophysics and served in the Swiss Air Force from 1966 to 2004. He was selected in 1978 for the first group of astronauts for the European Space Agency (ESA) and then received full training. On the US Space Shuttle at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Nicolier is currently Professor Emeritus at EPFL and a member of the Federal Committee for Space Affairs, whose role is to make recommendations to the Swiss government on the country’s space policy.