Author Archives: Lisa

A microscopic close up of the material collected in the swabs for analysis. Credit: ESA/S.Leuko

The microbiological world of caves

Without light to sustain plants, and the typical food chains we see on the Earth’s surface, the creatures that live underground need to be innovative in their search for fuel to survive. As a microbiologist, I am...

Meet the team: Matthias Maurer

Astronauts are busy beings. No matter how far in advance we plan their activities, at some point some very important matter can take precedence, and they have to dash off. In the space business we’re ready for this— we  nominate...

Meet the Team: Loredana Bessone – I have a dr...

Funnily enough, it has only occurred to me after introducing almost all of our other CAVES team members that I have not introduced myself. So here I am, to fulfil this somewhat challenging task. I would usually...

Alessandro Boesso emerging from Sardinian Grutta cave with Paxi Credit:ESA/L.Bessone

WOW

This simple yet powerful little word perfectly describes what I have been feeling fairly constantly since I joined the CAVES team only a few months ago. The preparation of this very special space analogue course, that brings...

Meet the Team: Alessandro Boesso

Enthusiasm. That is the word that best describes Alessandro. He has the same enthusiasm and curiosity you find in a child, accompanied by a strong professionalism, an excellent organisation, and a wonderful team spirit. Ah, I forgot:...