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...

Ground displacement from Italy’s earthquake

Space playing a role when tragedy strikes

On 24 August 2016 and in the days that followed, a series of earthquakes hit central Italy. These devastating events claimed many lives and left numerous others seriously injured while also leaving the entire region in a...