Astronaut describes her experience in space

Claudie Haigneré, the first French woman in space, puts into words the thrilling experience of leaving Earth.

Eva Green plays an astronaut on the screen, Claudie Haigneré has made it her job.

Captivating meeting between the two women

In "Proxima", Eva Green plays an astronaut who is preparing to leave for her first space mission. Before filming, she met Claudie Haigneré, the first French woman to go into space, in 1996. “So far, only about sixty women have flown in space. Claudie Haigneré is one of them. Experience is also shared because, these experiences, we are only very rare privileged people to have experienced it", says the astronaut. For Eva Green, astronauts are her superheroes, "extremely passionate beings, 200% invested, who are very talented in many fields". In admiration of Claudie Haigneré's profession, bestowing to Eva Green, being an astronaut is not a profession, it is a vocation. To Claudie Haigneré, it is above all an extraordinary adventure to find yourself in outer space in this spacesuit which is what protects you from this hostile environment. Seeing the Earth fall away below you at 17,400 mph, 250 miles in orbit,” says Claudie Haigneré.

Magical moments in space

Claudie Haigneré recounts the memories of her space journey. “It was the take-off that particularly marked him, the only moment when we will see ourselves being extracted vertically from the earth, therefore vertical, therefore the extraction, the separation of the earth, this moment…” Through the window, she remembers seeing "this little blue and white planet which is the earth in this rather mysterious black cosmos". For Claudie Haigneré, it is an extraordinary beauty and fragility. Feeling sensations which were not usual to him, it is “difficult to find the words”, confides the astronaut: "The overview effect.” Earth, a planet that carries life, "this is very strong". Claudie Haigneré admits to being very attached to the beauties of the Earth: “We are nevertheless earthlings somewhere and we are attached to this planet.”