Author Archives: Alison

Wide world of water

We often take water for granted, but that is far from the case up in space. Due to the difficulties of transporting and storing sufficient water for drinking and other activities, up to 80 percent of water...

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A September of spacewalks

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is gearing up to step outside the International Space Station, not once, but twice in September. And the second time he does so, he will be the lead space walker. Alexander’s first spacewalk...

Watch live – controlling a robot from space

Part of the ESA-led METERON (Multi-Purpose End-to-End Robotic Operations Network) project, Justin the humanoid robot from the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics is paving the way for astronauts to control robots from orbit. And now, you...

Latest snapshot of science in space

It is not just astronauts who perform differently in space. Alongside experiments looking at time perception, resting muscle tone and hand-eye coordination, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is also working with researchers to better understand foam, metal, alloys...

Latest highlights from the space lab

Over the past couple of weeks ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst began testing how microgravity affects tissue and muscle tone, whether weightlessness has an impact on the way people perceive time, and the volume of nitric oxide in...

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Testing the tone with Myotones

When you are floating around in a state of perpetual weightlessness, it is easy to lose muscle function and bone mass. However, an area we know much less about is the effect of microgravity on the Human...

Moon gazing from space

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is looking to the future. He took this image of Earth's closest neighbour from the International Space Station recently, and it shines a spotlight on the next major focus for ESA and other...

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An experiment with a twist

Unbound by a traditional up or down, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is getting a handle on how microgravity affects our ability to grab and manipulate objects in space.

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Shining a spotlight on Space Station science

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst recently tweeted that the first 10 days of the Horizons mission have been some of the busiest of his life. But what has been happening at the International Space Station and what might...