On September 19, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands along with His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander of Oranje held an audience with European Space Agency astronaut and Dutch physician, Mr. André Kuipers at the Paleis Huis ten Bosch.

Mr. Kuipers recently returned from space (July 1 to be exact) after spending 193 days at the International Space Station, the longest space journey by a European astronaut.

During today’s meeting Her Majesty and Prince Willem-Alexander also met with NASA astronaut, Mr. Don Pettit and Russian cosmonaut, Oleg Kononenko.  The two men spent 193 days at the International Space Station with Mr. Kuipers.

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