Author Archives: Karen

Karen is chief editor for ESA's Science & Technology website.

Humans, robots, and rainbows – How Sarah Petkus experie...

Exploring a Martian landscape with a robot, investigating human-robot interactions, and discussing the ethics of robotics and technology – these were among the highlights of Sarah Petkus’s recent visit to ESA’s technical centre, ESTEC, in the Netherlands....

First impressions of ESTEC – exploring the new nest

In this video diary, Sarah Petkus, kinetic artist and roboticist, shares her first impressions of ESA’s technical centre (ESTEC), and her robot, Noodle, gets settled in his new home.   Sarah Petkus is at the European Space...

The Wandering Artist at ESTEC

The Wandering Artist has arrived at ESTEC! On 6 June, Sarah Petkus, a kinetic artist and roboticist, began a three-week residency at the European Space Agency’s technical centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands to explore aspects of robotic...

From stone age to space age: How artist Siobhán McDonal...

Crystalline – an exhibition of work by artist Siobhán McDonald  – is inspired in part by ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission and brings elements of contemporary engineering together with prehistory in the use of carbon and charred bone....

Paul Quast – man with a simple message

At 20:00 UTC on 10 October 2016, ESA’s Cebreros deep space tracking station broadcast a 15-minute message in the direction of Polaris, the Pole Star. It contained thousands of messages from citizens of the world offering their...