Duque in 2000
|Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities|
|Assumed office |
June 7 2018
|Prime Minister||Pedro Sánchez|
|Preceded by||Position Created|
|Born||14 March 1963|
|Spouse(s)||Lourdes García (divorced)|
|Children||Andrés (b. 1988)|
Irene (b. 1996)
Marc (b. 1998)
|Awards||Grand Cross of Aeronautical Merit|
Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation
Member of the Order of Friendship (Russian Federation)
Medal "For Merit in Space Exploration"
Time in space
|18d 18h 46min|
|Selection||1992 ESA Group|
|Missions||STS-95, Soyuz TMA-3/2|
Pedro Francisco Duque Duque, OF, OMSE (Madrid, 14 March 1963) is a Spanish astronaut and aeronautics engineer, currently serving as Spain's Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities. He was the first Spanish astronaut.
Early life and education
Born in Madrid in 1963. The son of an agricultural engineer who worked as an air traffic controller and a housewife from Badajoz. In 1986 Duque earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. In 1986 he worked for GMV and for the European Space Agency (ESA) for six years before being selected as an astronaut candidate in 1992.
Duque underwent training in both Russia and the United States. His first spaceflight was as a mission specialist aboard space shuttle mission STS-95, during which Duque supervised ESA experimental modules. In October 2003, Duque visited the International Space Station on board of a Soyuz TMA Ship for several days during a crew changeover. The scientific program of this visit was called by ESA/Spain Misión Cervantes.
University and Business
In 2003 he started working at UPM School of Aeronautical Engineers as head of operations of the Spanish USOC, also lecturing students on space science and operations.
In 2006 Duque was named managing director of Deimos Imaging, a private company, that in 2009 put in orbit the first Spanish earth observation satellite (Deimos 1) with uses in agriculture, forestry wildfire detection and control. In 2011 he was named CEO of the Company.
Return to the ESA
In October 2011 Duque returned to his position in the European Space Agency, retaking his position as an atronaut. Until 2015 he was the leader of the Flight Operations Office, with responsibility for ESA operations in the ISS. After that he assumed the responsibility of the review of future ESA manned flights, within the ESA's astronaut corps.
After the success of the motion of no confidence against the government of Mariano Rajoy in June 2018, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez named Pedro Duque Minister of Science, Innovation and Universities.
Honors and Decorations
- Order Of Friendship of the Russian Federation (1995)
- Grand Cross of Aeronautical Merit (1999)
- Prince of Asturias Award of International Cooperation (1999)
- Doctor Honoris Causa of the Technical University of Valencia (2005)
- Medal "For Merit in Space Exploration" of the Russian federation (2011)
- Doctor Honoris Causa of the European University of Madrid (2013)
- Doctor Honoris Causa of the National University of Distance Education (2016)
- Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Almería
- "El Astronauta e Ingeniero Aeronáutico Pedro Duque "ficha" por su Escuela". Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Aeronaúticos (in Spanish). Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. 21 October 2004. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 28 April 2005.
- "Astronaut Pedro Duque appointed to Spain's new Cabinet". 6 June 2018.
- ESA profile page
- NASA Biography
- Spacefacts biography of Pedro Duque
- Events and Conferences
- Telescope Hosting site in Nerpio, Spain
- España: quién es Pedro Duque, el primer astronauta español y nuevo ministro de Ciencia
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