Andre Kuipers

po_Kuipers-AndreAndré Kuipers (born October 5, 1958) is a Dutch physician and ESA astronaut.

Kuipers became the second Dutch citizen, third Dutch-born and fifth Dutch-speaking astronaut upon launch of Soyuz TMA-4 on April 19, 2004. Kuipers returned to Earth aboard Soyuz TMA-3 11 days later.

Kuipers is the first Dutch astronaut to return to space. On 5 August 2009, Dutch minister of economic affairs Maria van der Hoeven, announced Kuipers was selected as an astronaut for International Space Station (ISS) Expeditions 30 and 31. He was launched to space on December 21, 2011 and returned to Earth on July 1, 2012.