Author Archives: Jan Woerner

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...

Tim Peake, Europe and Brexit

After ESA astronaut Tim Peake returned home safely from his very successful and eventful mission, I was able to catch up with him in northern Norway en route from Kazakhstan with his NASA crewmate Tim Kopra. Even...

Chancellor Angela Merkel visit to ESA's European Astronaut Centre EAC and DLR in Cologne, Germany, 18 May 2016. Image: ESA/S. Grothues.

Chancellor’s messages

On 18 May the German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the German Aerospace Center DLR and ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. Instead of a predefined presentation, she asked in advance for a “hands on visit”...

ESA DG Jan Woerner presentation on Moon Village at IAF spring meetings 2016

Presentation on Moon Village

In the recent past, I have been frequently asked to make one of my talks on #MoonVillage available, so, finally here it is, including the subsequent Q&A: Held on occasion of the IAF Spring Meetings in Paris,...

Spaceship Earth - as seen from the International Space Station ISS. Credit: ESA.

Another Attack on our Civilisation

On 22 March a series of horrific terror attacks hit Brussels. The fact that the terrorists are ready to strike at our society across a wide range of different locations shows their overall intent is to destabilise....

Sunrise strikes the solar panels that power the International Space Station, caught by ESA astronaut Tim Peake on 31 December 2015. Credit: ESA/NASA.

Happy New Year, welcome 2016!

2016 has arrived and it is now time to officially welcome it. 2016 will be a year of multiple facets, bringing new challenges and perspectives in many fields, including space. For ESA as an institution, the Council...