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Clockwise from top: Paolo, Randy and Sergei in their spacecraft moments before closing the hatch. Credits: NASA

The return home

After 138 days of the VITA mission it was time to return to Earth for ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli. After brief farewells the departing astronauts climbed into their Soyuz MS-05 and closed the Soyuz and Space Station...

Credits: ESA/NASA

Radio, science and space agriculture

  This image of ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli shows many aspects of life on the International Space Station.  Paolo is wearing a headset to communicate with Earth over simple radio waves. He was sending his greetings for...

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei during his spacewalk 10 October. Credits: NASA

Last of trio of spacewalks today

Today NASA astronauts Randy Bresnik and Joe Acaba will go on the third spacewalk of this month from the International Space Station. Set to start at 12:05 GMT, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be helping...


Second US spacewalk for Vita mission today

After last week’s spacewalk, NASA astronauts Randy Bresnik and Mark Vande Hei will suit up and return outside today for their second of three planned spacewalks this month.  Today’s tasks include lubricating the new end effector that was...

Vita mission brochure

Get a quick overview of ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s Vita mission in this electronic brochure. PDF download possible. Click the image to browse the book


Video: one month in space

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli has been on the International Space Station for over a month now on his Vita misison:


Testing the Space Station water

During World Water Week ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be wrapping up another session of the Aquapad experiment that is hoping to offer a cheap and practical solution to ensuring water quality is high. The water drunk...


Quick science on Dragon arrival

When the Dragon spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station on 16 August with fresh supplies and new experiments ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli was waiting to quickly unpack some biological samples and place them in a waiting...


Eclipse from space

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli and his five colleagues on the International Space Station where lucky enough to be the only people to view the solar eclipse from space. The astronauts prepared by adding solar filters to their...

Sergei and Fyodor in their Orlan spacesuits. Credits: Roscosmos

Spacewalk day

17 August cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergei Ryazansky left the International Space Station from the Pirs airlock at 14:45 GMT  for six hours in their Orlan spacesuits. Sergei released five nanosatellites, including the first 3D printed CubeSat into Earth...