Welcome to Outer Space

In the six months that I spent on the International Space Station, it was difficult to find the words or take a picture that would accurately describe the feeling of being in space. Working with Google on my latest mission, I captured Street View imagery to show what the ISS looks like from the inside, and share what it’s like to look down on Earth from outer space. For 16 years, astronauts have been working and living on the ISS, a structure made up of 15 connected modules that floats 250 miles above Earth. The ISS acts as a base for space exploration—possible future missions to the Moon, Mars and asteroids—and gives...

Landing pictures

Pictures of the landing available in high resolution on ESA's Flickr album:

Watch return to Earth – live

On Friday Thomas and Oleg will leave the International Space Station and start the journey home at around 09:30 CEST by entering the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft that will bring the duo back to Earth. Undocking from the Space...

Social Media Messages for Thomas

Here is our roundup of messages for Thomas Pesquet, that we send to him on the International Space Station, starting with two from his friends and family. Youtube This song and video animation was made by a...

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Rémy Gouze – everything is under control

Video has English subtitles. Proxima team #6 “My name is Rémy Gouze, I’m 42 and I work as a ground controller here at CADMOS. My job is to operate the control room for the Proxima mission with...

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PROXIMA – CNES EXPERIMENTS: #7 PERSPECTIVES

English subtitles available. CNES has developed 7 experiments that Thomas Pesquet is performing for his Proxima mission aboard the ISS. One of them is PERSPECTIVES, a virtual-reality platform designed for neuroscience experiments in microgravity. Studying astronauts’ brains...

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Jean Mignot – An experienced experimenter

Video has English subtitles. Proxima team #5 “My name is Jean Mignot, I worked at CNES for 30 years in various fields, notably on satellite altitude control systems, which has led me to define an experiment called...

Diary Entry 11: Culture on the Space Station

Some clichés irritate me. Like the one that scientists, engineers or mathematicians are only interested in numbers and experiments. That is simply false. I do not claim to be an expert when it comes to music, cinema...

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Cécile Thévenot – The human side of the ISS

Video has English subtitles. Proxima team #4 “My name is Cécile Thévenot, I work at CADMOS, among other things on Thomas Pesquet’s Proxima mission. My job is first to prepare experiments to be performed aboard the ISS...