Set the controls for the heart of the sun

Is this the best job, in (or off) the world, ever?

About midday today a space ship will crash / has crashed into the Pacific.

Six months ago the Jules Verne space truck ferried a load of cargo up to the International Space Station. It has been docked there ever since, slowly filling up with the ISS’s rubbish. Now it will take its final plunge, overseen by the European Space Agency’s freighter control centre in Toulouse.

This means there is someone in France, right now, whose job is to crash spaceships.

Who is this person, and why isn’t it me?