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ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy, from France, poses in front of a model of the International Space Station (ISS). A chief engineer at the Délégation Générale pour l'Armement (the French defence management agency), Jean-François Clervoy was selected by CNES in 1985 in the second group of French astronauts. From 1987 until 1992 he directed the Parabolic Flight Programme at the Flight Test Centre, Brétigny-sur-Orge and provided technical support to the European Manned Space Programmes within the ESA Hermes crew office. After training in Star City, Moscow, on the Soyuz and Mir systems, he joined the astronaut corps of the European Space Agency (ESA) at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, in 1992 and was detached to the NASA Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, in August 1992 to gain the Space Shuttle mission specialist qualifications. Jean-François Clervoy flew three Space Shuttle missions, logging a total of 675 hours in space: STS-66 with the ATLAS-3 Earth observation laboratory on Atlantis (November 3-14, 1994), STS-84 to Mir, also on Atlantis (May 15-24,1997) and STS-103 to the Hubble Space Telescope on Discovery (19-27 December 1999). He is currently seconded to the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) ESA project as Senior Advisor Astronaut in Les Mureaux (France).