Belgium astronaut  

Raphaël Liégeois from Namur, Belgium, has been selected by the European Space Agency. He is now part of the new class of ESA astronauts, unveiled yesterday afternoon in Paris.

Raphaël studied biomedical engineering at the University of Liège, Belgium. He also became Ingénieur Centralien as part of a double degree exchange programme with the École Centrale Paris, France and earned a master’s degree in fundamental physics from the University Paris-Sud Orsay, France. During his studies in Paris, he took part in a parabolic flight campaign with French space agency CNES to test a physics experiment.

Afterwards, he completed a Doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Liège, Belgium, where he developed mathematical models of brain function. “I develop mathematical models to better understand what happens in a healthy brain and in a brain that is not quite healthy or in cases of neurodegenerative diseases. With this training, I obviously find it easier to talk to the various people who will be involved in the scientific experiments that we will be doing in space.”, said Raphael Liégeois.

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