Sergei and Fyodor in their Orlan spacesuits. Credits: Roscosmos
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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...

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Dragon docked

16 August the Dragon CRS-12 cargo spacecraft arrived at the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli where at the robotic workstation in the Cupola observatory to operate a 17-m robotic arm...

Visiting vehicles to the ISS: infographics

Learn more about the visiting vehicles that keep the ISS and crew stocked. Four cargo vehicles are currently planned during ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s VITA mission. Download high resolution files of these and other infographics in the...

The ISS: infographics

Learn more about ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s current home: the International Space Station. A collaboration between many countries, the station is among mankind’s most remarkable accomplishments. Explore its history and Europe’s contributions to the Station. Download high...

VITA mission launch highlights

Missed the VITA mission liftoff, docking and hatch opening on 28/29 July? Watch these highlights: View photos of the launch on Flickr.  Explore the VITA mission in infographics.  Follow Paolo on social media via paolonespoli.esa.int

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...

Rendezvous and docking with ISS

Now that ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli and fellow Expedition 52/53 crewmates Randy Bresnik of NASA and Sergey Ryazansky of Roscosmos are in orbit (watch liftoff replay here), explore how they will catch up to and dock with...

Soyuz launch sequence

Here’s what ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli and crewmates Randy Bresnik of NASA (flight engineers) and Soyuz commander Sergey Ryazansky of Roscosmos will experience during liftoff (see infographic below for visual of each stage).  The Soyuz launcher delivers...

Launch day for Vita mission

After years of training and preparation, it’s almost time for launch for ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli and crewmates Randy Bresnik of NASA and Sergey Ryazansky of Roscosmos. The past two weeks have seen the astronauts move from...