Author Archives: Nadjejda

Meet the instructors: Nicolas Mangold

Choosing a landing site for a rover and tracking down ice on Mars are two of Nicolas Mangold’s long-time passions. Ever since deciding to study planetary geology back in the late 1990s, the diversity of the Red...

Meet the instructors: Harald Hiesinger

Not everyone can say they have an asteroid named after them. A small piece of the Solar System, between three to seven kilometres wide, circles the Sun between Mars and Jupiter with the name (26811) Hiesinger. The...

From the Moon to the Earth

Until now, Aidan Cowley was pretty much focused on the Moon. He works at ESA investigating technologies and concepts for future lunar missions, such as 3D printing and energy generation. He joined Pangaea’s journey last year as...

Meet the instructors: Charles Cockell

To listen to him talking about life in the Universe is to be instantly hooked. Professor Charles Cockell, head of the UK Centre for Astrobiology, joins Pangaea’s team of instructors to teach about the origins and evolution of...

The layers of Mars

A new week, a new geological playground. A spectacular canyon lies in front of the participants of Pangaea, ESA’s geology training course, during the second week of the campaign in the Italian Dolomites region. The eight-km long...

An astronaut’s geology journey

Veteran ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter has spent more days in space than any other European astronaut to date. After two missions and 350 days in orbit, he joins Pangaea’s geology training course with a wealth of operational...

Welcome to the Moon-crater simulator

Collisions in the universe are often an act of disruptive creation: small particles aggregate to larger ones, eventually forming asteroids and planets. Impact craters, those bowl-shaped holes in the ground formed by an asteroid, are very common...

Meet the instructors: Riccardo Pozzobon

Youngest member of the instructor team, Riccardo Pozzobon, firmly believes that learning to look at other planets needs to start by looking at Earth. Riccardo started collaborating with ESA’s Pangaea training course with a fresh PhD in planetary...

Meet the instructors: Matteo Massironi

Professor of structural and planetary geology Matteo Massironi can create the story behind a comet 400 million km away from Earth by analysing its layers. He is allowed sneak previews of the images captured by European space...

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Making space exploration real – on Earth

You are on a rock speeding through space. On this rock called Earth every single mineral tells you something about planetary formation. This week astronauts and space engineers will unlock the mystery of those minerals as they...