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Symbolic conclusion to Expedition 51

After an astronaut mission the International Space Station mission controls traditionally display the mission patch on their walls. Here are photos of Thomas Pesquet and the Expedition 51 team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA,...

Landing pictures

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

Proxima ends bringing Thomas closer to home

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet landed on the steppe of Kazakhstan today with Russian commander Oleg Novitsky in their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft after six months in space. Touchdown was at 14:10 GMT after a four-hour flight from the...

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...

Soyuz MS-02 with Shane, Andrei and Sergei landing. Credits: NASA–B. Ingalls
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Return to Earth ending Expedition 50 and next launch

On Monday 10 April Expedition 50 commander, NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough returned to Earth with Roscosmos astronauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko in their Soyuz spacecraft. The day before Shane handed over command of the International Space...

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

UPDATED with replay 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....

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...