Wally Funk & Jan Woerner

Sadness and surprise

Once again we have seen Europe, in this case London, hit by an attack which tragically left several dead and others severely injured. Whether it was the work of an organised terrorist cell or the action of...

Springtime in Europe, as seen by ESA's Proba-V satellite.

Challenging times for Europe and our planet

It is a fact that Europe is facing numerous challenges: while day in day out across the continent people reap the benefits of a Europe open for travel, investment and interaction, there are more than a few...

Bye bye 2016, roll on 2017!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Veselé vánoce a šťastný nový rok Glædelig jul og godt nytår Rõõmsaid Jõule ja Head Uut Aastat Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta Joyeux Noël et bonne année Fröhliche Weihnachten...

Europe a night

The loss of friends

In the last few days, while under high pressure preparing for the ESA Council meeting at ministerial level, I have been deeply saddened by the loss of two people I very much trusted and admired: Thierry Duquesne...

What a day!

17 November saw two major space events taking place on the one day: the launch of 4 Galileo satellites from Kourou and the lift-off of the European astronaut Thomas Pesquet from Baikonur. Galileo will need close to...

The game of risk

After the orbit insertion of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mother ship (TGO) and the hard touchdown of the Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module (EDM), I made some comments in one of my last blog...