“It was much simpler than I imagined it. Without a doubt, it was due to the extensive training and simulation on the ground.”
According to the astronaut, about 25 percent of his time in training was spent in NASA’s simulators.
He described this as a difficult period that took a toll on the astronauts’ personal and family lives.
He said: “I must admit that, at the cost of appearing insensible, we trained so intensely and for such long periods that when the moment of the mission came, it was like carrying out another training session in the simulator.
“The only difference was that we were in a different environment; it was the real deal.
“Throughout the mission, we did not encounter particular problems and everything went as planned, exactly as in training.