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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...

HTV supply ship

On Tuesday 13 December the Japanese supply spacecraft HTV-6 arrived at the International Space Station. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Space Station commander Shane Kimbrough commanded the 16-m robotic arm to capture the 6000-kg spacecraft and move it to the...

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Thomas live with Académie des Sciences

Thomas Pesquet talked to students live from space for the 350th anniversary of the Académie des sciences 6 December 2016. Click on the first video below for a replay of the French original or the second video...

Credits: NASA–B. Ingalls

Proxima launch: I was there!

ESA France editor and space fan, Brigitte Bailleul, went to Baikonour and saw the launch of Thomas Pesquet on november 18. This is her logbook entry for the hours preceding the launch. On 17 November 2016 a number...

Thomas at the first crew conference. Credits: ESA/NASA

One week in orbit

ESA’s mission director for the Proxima mission Roland Luettgens reports: After the docking on 19 November and one day of rest, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet started work on Monday. He appeared surprisingly rested and adapted to life...

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The Mares machine

The Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System, or Mares for short, is a muscle-measurement machine on the International Space Station that monitors astronauts’ muscles as they work out. Muscle strength decreases during spaceflight and researchers need to...