Posted on September 4, 2018 by Nadjejda
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...
Posted on September 3, 2018 by Nadjejda
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...
Posted on August 30, 2018 by Nadjejda
From above to below, together
Different backgrounds, techniques and views. ESA’s journey of geological exploration, PANGAEA-X, entangled them all. Because, just like during the Apollo missions to the Moon, training astronauts in geoscience and the use of geophysical equipment on Earth is...
Posted on August 23, 2018 by Nadjejda
The sculptors of space exploration
Some of the most relevant geological information is hidden inside the rocks. During the latest PANGAEA-X campaign engineers, scientists and an astronaut teamed up to test the performance of a robotic hammer that could one day be...
Posted on August 16, 2018 by Nadjejda
Paving the way for the unexpected
The path of space exploration is made of rocks. Unveiling the secrets harbored by minerals in other planets and moons requires testing advanced technologies right here on Earth. One of the experiments carried out during the latest...
Posted on July 18, 2018 by Nadjejda
Hunting for Mars-like bacteria in a volcanic cave
A team of microbiologists, engineers and an astronaut partnered up during the latest Pangaea-X campaign to look for Mars-like life in a lava tube, and found more than 10 species – assisted by a smartphone. The results...
Posted on March 13, 2018 by Nadjejda
The bowels of Earth in 3D
As a child, Tommaso Santagata would have never imagined that he would test some of the newest and most innovative 3D-scanning technologies for future space exploration. Last year, he spent five days of intense mapping in Lanzarote,...
Posted on January 31, 2018 by Nadjejda
Digging into the surface
The Pangaea-X test campaign brought together geology, high-tech survey equipment and space exploration. On the island of Lanzarote, Spain, Pangaea-X run for five days in November 2017 and mobilised 50 people, four space agencies and 18 organisations. ...
Posted on November 20, 2017 by Nadjejda
The beauty of science
Here I am on a plane leaving the beautiful island of Lanzarote. Fields covered with majestic lava flows, volcanic cones peppering the landscape: some are dark black, others of different red tones, giving hints to their age,...
Posted on November 16, 2017 by Nadjejda
Learning to crawl on planetary bodies
Elapsed time: one year. In 2016 we took off on this extraordinary journey through European analogue environments, to learn first-hand from the best planetary field geologists how to crawl on planetary bodies in search for the best...