At the age of 26, Dutchman Etienne de la Roij is one of SXC’s youngest ticket holders. Etienne became a Founder Astronaut in October 2012.
Q. Tell us a bit about your background?
I work for PowerCem, which is our family business.
I like to do thrilling activities that give me the feeling that I am alive. I have done some parachute jumping, paragliding from mountains, bungee jumping, cage diving with sharks, motorcycling. I do this to experience new things in life and to see the wonders of the world.
Q. What was your motivation for signing up to be a Founder Astronaut with SXC?
I’m always interested in mother Earth, nature. Space and other things in nature that are created are so intriguing and we do not know much about it. It is a feeling of trying to get to know something that we all know so little about, like outer space. And to experience this myself, wow! I always look up into the sky and think, what would it be like there?
Q. Which questions are often asked when you tell people about you becoming an astronaut?
Are you drunk? Or are you crazy? I think most people I tell never thought about it or even thought it would be possible to go into space commercially. But everyone is very excited for me and all my friends will join me in Curacao!