Posted on March 13, 2018 by Nadjejda
The bowels of Earth in 3D
As a child, Tommaso Santagata would have never imagined that he would test some of the newest and most innovative 3D-scanning technologies for future space exploration. Last year, he spent five days of intense mapping in Lanzarote,...
Posted on January 31, 2018 by Nadjejda
Digging into the surface
The Pangaea-X test campaign brought together geology, high-tech survey equipment and space exploration. On the island of Lanzarote, Spain, Pangaea-X run for five days in November 2017 and mobilised 50 people, four space agencies and 18 organisations. ...
Posted on November 20, 2017 by Nadjejda
The beauty of science
Here I am on a plane leaving the beautiful island of Lanzarote. Fields covered with majestic lava flows, volcanic cones peppering the landscape: some are dark black, others of different red tones, giving hints to their age,...
Posted on September 26, 2017 by julien
Rocky rocket science
Geology and rocket science, what do they have in common? For starters, they are both incredibly exciting and result in ground-breaking discoveries. When engineers and scientists join forces, the results can be skyrocketing. To quote the man...
Posted on September 18, 2017 by julien
The astronauts are back!
We are in the middle of a 25-km wide impact crater in Nördlingen, Gemany, to look at impact rocks. With “we” I mean two ESA astronauts, Samantha Cristoforetti and Matthias Maurer, and several instructors from across Europe....
Posted on September 13, 2017 by julien
Walking on diamonds
With a steady pace we’re heading for the top of Nördlingen’s church tower. “Look at the shiny steps of the staircase!”, points out our instructor Francesco Sauro. The view from the belfry is more than rewarding for...
Posted on June 22, 2017 by laylan
CAVES eXpedition One: a blog in three parts
Last month ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano participated in the CAVES eXpedition One, where he joined a scientific expedition organised by La Venta Association and the Commissione Grotte Eugenio Boegan in Cucchiara caves near Sciacca, Sicily. These...
Posted on March 28, 2017 by julien
Is there life on Mars? Was there life on Mars?
Is there life on Mars? Was there life on Mars? We may have the answer to that very fundamental question within a few years, but regardless of what the answer is, we will need to have astronauts...
Posted on March 10, 2017 by julien
The Pangaea flex-ops concept
The space agencies of our planet are building new spaceships that will bring astronauts deeper into that vast sea of space that surrounds Earth. NASA’s Orion, the Russian Федерация and new Chinese and commercial capsules will open...
Posted on February 9, 2017 by julien
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