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Thomas in same white spacesuit holding onto handrail during his first spacewalk. Credits: Roscosmos
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Second spacewalk live

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough will venture outside the International Space Station to install a new computer and disconnect a docking adapter to allow its move to a new location. They will spend...

Moving the pressurised mating adapter in 2009. Credits: NASA
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Second spacewalk for Thomas – details

On Friday 24 March NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will head outside the International Space Station for their second time as a spacewalking duo. It is the first in a series of three...

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet recording his oxygen levels. Credits: ESA/NASA

Thomas on a diet for ENERGY

For 11 days Thomas is taking part in the ENERGY experiment that looks at the energy expenditure of astronauts during a long spaceflight. It is a complicated experiment that started, before Thomas’ spaceflight and will continue when...

Thomas working with the Space Station freezers. Credits: ESA/NASA
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Two months of European science on the Space Station

It has been over eight weeks since our last science update on the International Space Station for ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Listing everything he has done would be impractical so this time here’s a recap of European-led...

Catching a Dragon

Update, the arrival of Space-X Dragon has been delayed to Thursdat. Updated schedule below: Dragon is in good health and will make another rendezvous attempt with the @Space_Station Thursday morning. — SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 22, 2017 On...

Feeling Earth from space

Today, the International Space Station became a testbed for technologies that will allow astronauts to control rovers on planets as they orbit above. The Haptics-2 experiment allows astronauts to feel the force through a connected joystick that...

HTV-6 supply ship. Credits: ESA/NASA
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Watch HTV-6 undocking live

Today the Japanese cargo supply ship HTV-6 will leave the International Space Station after 46 days. The cargo ship arrived 12 December and was captured using the Station's Canadarm by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and ESA astronaut...

Thomas and Shane in spacesuits prebreathing. Credits: NASA

Spacewalk prebreathing

Before ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough head out into space they "prebreathe" to purge their bodies of nitrogen. Inside the International Space Station the astronauts live in air at pressures similar to on...

Live: Proxima spacewalk

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is set for his first spacewalk, on Friday 13 January. Together with NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, he will exit the International Space Station at 12:05 GMT (13:05 CET) to complete a battery upgrade...