France prepares its astronauts

French astronauts have taken part in training procedures in a swimming pool in Marseille. The underwater training session attempts to mimic the effects of zero gravity in space. The training was organised by Comex, a French company specialising in engineering and deep sea diving operations, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and with Apollo XI 'Under the sea'.
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French astronaut Herve Stevenin wearing a Gandolfi space suit undertakes training procedures in a swimming pool in Marseille, southern France on September 2, 2013. The underwater training session for European astronauts attempts to mimic the effects of zero gravity in space. The training is organised by Comex, a French company specializing in engineering and deep sea diving operations, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and with Apollo XI 'Under the sea'. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Gandolfi space suit is about to be immersed before a underwater training with French astronaut Herve Stevenin (unseen) in a swimming pool in Marseille, southern France on September 2, 2013. The underwater training session for European astronauts attempts to mimic the effects of zero gravity in space. The training is organised by Comex, a French company specializing in engineering and deep sea diving operations, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and with Apollo XI 'Under the sea'. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French astronaut Herve Stevenin wearing a Gandolfi space suit undertakes training procedures in a swimming pool in Marseille, southern France on September 2, 2013. The underwater training session for European astronauts attempts to mimic the effects of zero gravity in space. The training is organised by Comex, a French company specializing in engineering and deep sea diving operations, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and with Apollo XI 'Under the sea'. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French astronaut Herve Stevenin wearing a Gandolfi space suit undertakes training procedures in a swimming pool in Marseille, southern France on September 2, 2013. The underwater training session for European astronauts attempts to mimic the effects of zero gravity in space. The training is organised by Comex, a French company specializing in engineering and deep sea diving operations, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and with Apollo XI 'Under the sea'. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French astronaut Herve Stevenin wearing a Gandolfi space suit undertakes training procedures in a swimming pool in Marseille, southern France on September 2, 2013. The underwater training session for European astronauts attempts to mimic the effects of zero gravity in space. The training is organised by Comex, a French company specializing in engineering and deep sea diving operations, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and with Apollo XI 'Under the sea'. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French astronaut Herve Stevenin wearing a Gandolfi space suit undertakes training procedures in a swimming pool in Marseille, southern France on September 2, 2013. The underwater training session for European astronauts attempts to mimic the effects of zero gravity in space. The training is organised by Comex, a French company specializing in engineering and deep sea diving operations, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and with Apollo XI 'Under the sea'. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Gandolfi space suit is immersed before a underwater training with French astronaut Herve Stevenin (unseen) in a swimming pool in Marseille, southern France on September 2, 2013. The underwater training session for European astronauts attempts to mimic the effects of zero gravity in space. The training is organised by Comex, a French company specializing in engineering and deep sea diving operations, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and with Apollo XI 'Under the sea'. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French astronaut Herve Stevenin wearing a Gandolfi space suit undertakes training procedures in a swimming pool in Marseille, southern France on September 2, 2013. The underwater training session for European astronauts attempts to mimic the effects of zero gravity in space. The training is organised by Comex, a French company specializing in engineering and deep sea diving operations, in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) and with Apollo XI 'Under the sea'. (AFP/Getty Images)