FAO / ASTRONAUT GOODWILL AMBASSADOR

11-Apr-2021 00:05:51
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has designated European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet as Goodwill Ambassador on the International Day of Human Space Flight. FAO
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STORY: FAO / ASTRONAUT GOODWILL AMBASSADOR
TRT: 5:51
SOURCE: FAO/ ESA/NASA
RESTRICTIONS: ON SCREEN CREDIT REQUIRED FOR ESA/NASA MATERIAL
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: VARIOUS DATES AND LOCATIONS
SHOTLIST
ESA - 28 MAY 2017, INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

1. Wide shot, Thomas Pesquet moving inside the International Space Station
2. Med shot, Thomas Pesquet taking pictures of the Earth
3. Various shots, Earth captured by the camera of the International Space Station
4. Various shots, space station with the Earth in the background

FAO - 31 MARCH 2021, ROME, ITALY

5. Multiple screens, participants at the virtual ceremony of the FAO Goodwill Ambassador designation
6. Multiple screens, participants at the virtual ceremony: FAO Director-General QU Dongyu (top left), European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas Pesquet (top right), moderator Yasmina Bouziane, FAO Deputy Director Office of Communications (bottom left), and ESA Director-General Josef Aschbacher (bottom right).
7. SOUNDBITE (English) QU Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
“Over the years, Thomas has worked in support of the FAO to help raise awareness of the impact of climate change on agriculture, of the importance of access to nutritious foods, and of how critical it is for us to manage our natural resources wisely, reducing food loss and waste. I am delighted that today you are committing to working even more closely with us, in your new capacity as an FAO Goodwill Ambassador.”
8. Split screen, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu presenting the scroll of the FAO Goodwill Ambassador nomination to European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas Pesquet
9. Screen showing FAO Director-General QU Dongyu (top left), European Space Agency Astronaut Thomas Pesquet (top right), and moderator Yasmina Bouziane, FAO Deputy Director Office of Communications (bottom)
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut, European Space Agency (ESA):
“When you have this in front of your eyes, when you understand all this, then you try to find a way to take action, to make things better and to help that spaceship Earth fly, you know, for as long as possible, in the best shape as possible for all the crew. So that was the next logical step for me. I wanted to take action. I wanted to be closer to some international cause, and I think it all starts with food and food security; so, I got closer to FAO. We started working together, and today we are ready to take it to the next level.”

ESA - 28 MAY 2017, INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

11. Various shots, astronauts at work inside International Space Station

FAO - 31 MARCH 2021, ROME, ITALY

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut, European Space Agency (ESA):
“It makes you think quite a bit about just the impact of our activities on the planet. So, I think one element of it is you adapt your own behaviour. You try to be more conscious, more cognizant of the environment and the consequences of your actions at your level. But I think it’s also hugely important that, at the political level, that good decisions are being made because there is only so much you can do at a personal level. You need also to action the levers at a higher level. So that’s why I’m trying to advocate for the planet in general, for the environment in general. I’m talking to the people, but I’m also talking to leaders I hope, and we see things changing slowly. We hope in the future they going to change even faster.”

ESA/NASA - 02 DECEMBER 2020, JSC, HUSTON, TEXAS, USA

13. Various of Thomas Pesquet underwater training for Alpha mission

FAO - 31 MARCH 2021, ROME, ITALY

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut, European Space Agency (ESA):
“The goals of those six months onboard the space station – mostly there’s two things; it’s research. We are doing science experiments up there that you couldn’t be doing on Earth because of the conditions of microgravity and the space environment up there. And so, we are sending the results back to all the laboratories on the Earth to make things better, to find new discoveries and to make progress just generally speaking. The other thing that we are doing is also preparing the next steps of space exploration because we have big questions to answer; where did life come from on the Earth? Could life disappear today? Could we lose our atmosphere, lose our water like it happened on Mars for example and that’s why we want to go because we want to answer those questions to know where we come from.”

ESA/NASA - 29 SEPTEMBER 2020, JSC, HUSTON, TEXAS, USA

15. Wide shot, Thomas Pesquet in mask at a training
16. Wide shot, Thomas Pesquet in mask at training in an International Space Station mockup
17. Wide shot, Thomas Pesquet in mask at training with a spacesuit

FAO - 31 MARCH 2021, ROME, ITALY

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut, European Space Agency (ESA):
“It wasn't easy. I mean, it's certainly been harder for a lot of other people, so I can't complain. But we had to adapt. We had to change the way we're doing things, just like everyone everywhere on the planet. We had to reduce or human interactions. We did everything remotely. We tried to reduce attendance to minimum to all our training activities. We put measures into place obviously mask, social distancing. Everything was being taken very seriously. In spite of all this, we managed to be ready on time, which is quite amazing, but I think it just it just speaks volumes about just the resilience that people have in this space business, but really everywhere on the planet.”

ESA - 28 MAY 2017, INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

19. Various shots, Thomas Pesquet is doing an experiment with a waterdrop
20. Med shot, cosmonaut, Oleg Novitsky, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson doing experiment with apples and oranges

FAO - 31 MARCH 2021, ROME, ITALY

21. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut, European Space Agency (ESA):
“There is even some technical innovations that I have specifically asked for my next mission. We are trying to have edible packaging so not only to use the food but also the packaging that you need to bring the food to space. So those techniques, those technologies, we hope, are going to have some very practical applications on Earth and those are writing the ballpark of FAO.”

FAO – FILE – ROME ITALY

22. Pan right, FAO headquarters
23. Close up, United Nations flag

FAO - 16 OCTOBER 2019, ROME, ITALY

24. Wide shot, screen showing Thomas Pesquet speaking in a video being screened during the FAO World Food Day exhibit, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu standing in front of the screen watching
25. Med shot, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu clapping his hands at the end of the video
STORYLINE
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has designated European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet as Goodwill Ambassador on the International Day of Human Space Flight (12 April).

The French astronaut has been working together with FAO since 2018 to raise global awareness on food security and climate change. The nomination will reinforce and support the FAO’s advocacy to end hunger and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Thomas Pesquet joined a virtual designation ceremony as he prepares for his second space mission to the International Space Station later this month.

At the ceremony, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu applauded Thomas Pesquet’s commitment and support to FAO’s mission.

SOUNDBITE (English) QU Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
“Over the years, Thomas has worked in support of the FAO to help raise awareness of the impact of climate change on agriculture, of the importance of access to nutritious foods, and of how critical it is for us to manage our natural resources wisely, reducing food loss and waste. I am delighted that today you are committing to working even more closely with us, in your new capacity as an FAO Goodwill Ambassador.”

The newly appointed Goodwill Ambassador said he was honored by the nomination. He explained that the experience gained from his first space mission in 2017 made him become more aware of the impact of climate change and extreme weather on planet Earth motivating him to partner with FAO for common good cause.

SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut, European Space Agency (ESA):
“When you have this in front of your eyes, when you understand all this, then you try to find a way to take action, to make things better and to help that spaceship Earth fly, you know, for as long as possible, in the best shape as possible for all the crew. So that was the next logical step for me. I wanted to take action. I wanted to be closer to some international cause, and I think it all starts with food and food security; so, I got closer to FAO. We started working together, and today we are ready to take it to the next level.”

Having witnessed some of the damages that deforestation and climate change have had on planet Earth from space, Thomas Pesquet called for a joint effort to protect and save the home to 7.8 billion people.

SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut, European Space Agency (ESA):
“It makes you think quite a bit about just the impact of our activities on the planet. So, I think one element of it is you adapt your own behaviour. You try to be more conscious, more cognizant of the environment and the consequences of your actions at your level. But I think it’s also hugely important that, at the political level, that good decisions are being made because there is only so much you can do at a personal level. You need also to action the levers at a higher level. So that’s why I’m trying to advocate for the planet in general, for the environment in general. I’m talking to the people, but I’m also talking to leaders I hope, and we see things changing slowly. We hope in the future they going to change even faster.”

Pesquet will bring the flag of FAO and that of the United Nations with him in his next mission. He will be travelling to the International Space Station (ISS) with the SpaceX Crew Dragon and will spend six months in space with JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and pilot Megan McArthur.

SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut, European Space Agency (ESA):
“The goals of those six months onboard the space station – mostly there’s two things; it’s research. We are doing science experiments up there that you couldn’t be doing on Earth because of the conditions of microgravity and the space environment up there. And so, we are sending the results back to all the laboratories on the Earth to make things better, to find new discoveries and to make progress just generally speaking. The other thing that we are doing is also preparing the next steps of space exploration because we have big questions to answer; where did life come from on the Earth? Could life disappear today? Could we lose our atmosphere, lose our water like it happened on Mars for example and that’s why we want to go because we want to answer those questions to know where we come from.”

The goals of the Alpha mission, named after Alpha Centauri, the closest stellar system to Earth, are to make scientific experiments and preparing the next steps for space exploration. For this reason, the astronauts will try to cultivate vegetables on the ISS to understand if in the future it will be possible to bring less food from Earth, and to produce it locally on spaceships during the exploration missions

He said COVID-19 pandemic has affected their preparation work.

SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut, European Space Agency (ESA):
“It wasn't easy. I mean, it's certainly been harder for a lot of other people, so I can't complain. But we had to adapt. We had to change the way we're doing things, just like everyone everywhere on the planet. We had to reduce or human interactions. We did everything remotely. We tried to reduce attendance to minimum to all our training activities. We put measures into place obviously mask, social distancing. Everything was being taken very seriously. In spite of all this, we managed to be ready on time, which is quite amazing, but I think it just it just speaks volumes about just the resilience that people have in this space business, but really everywhere on the planet.”

In order to reduce waste, Pesquet has asked to also work on innovative edible packages to bring food to space with the purpose to use these technologies on Earth.

SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Pesquet, Astronaut, European Space Agency (ESA):
“There is even some technical innovations that I have specifically asked for my next mission. We are trying to have edible packaging so not only to use the food but also the packaging that you need to bring the food to space. So those techniques, those technologies, we hope, are going to have some very practical applications on Earth and those are writing the ballpark of FAO.”

Thomas Pesquet was born in Rouen, France, on 27 February 1978. He was launched to the International Space Station for his first six-month mission, Proxima, in November 2016. Pesquet’s second spaceflight was announced on 28 July 2020.

12th April 2021 marks 60 years since Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin completed one full orbit of the Earth, becoming the first human to travel to space. To celebrate the beginning of the space era for mankind, the United Nations General Assembly declared in 2011, 12th April as the International Day of Human Space Flight.
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