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VITA mission begins

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik and Roscosmos commander Sergei Ryazansky were launched into space yesterday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 15:41 GMT (17:41 CEST). Their Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft circled Earth four times...

Astronaut training infographic: VITA mission

How do astronauts train for upcoming missions? This infographic breaks down the time spent at different training centres for a typical mission. More infographics and high-resolution files are available on Flickr or by clicking the image below.  Follow...

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli: an infographic

Brush up on ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s long career as an astronaut, his previous missions, and the objectives of his upcoming VITA mission, launching 28 July to the International Space Station from Baikonur Cosmodrome. More infographics and high-resolution...

Sokol so cool

If the suit makes the man, than the Sokol is what makes the astronaut, as ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli knows well. He will be suited up in this Sokol outfit for his 28 July launch to the...

Vita logo

Mission logo for ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s third spaceflight. The logo was developed by ESA together with Italian space agency ASI and Paolo. The overall circle and blue shading evoke our planet, with the Third Paradise symbol...