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Class of 2009

Made up of astronauts from France, Italy, Germany, Denmark and the UK, members of ESA's astronaut class of 2009 have flown eight missions to the International Space Station. Find out more about each astronaut and their activities by clicking on their profile.

Podcasts

ESA Explores

Go behind the scenes of space exploration with this official podcast from the European Space Agency. The Beyond series focuses on ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano’s latest mission to the International Space Station.

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Human spaceflight and robotic exploration expand our knowledge of the Universe and enhance life on Earth. From missions to the International Space Station (ISS), to ground-based training and future technologies, join ESA in exploring farther.

Samantha Cristoforetti

AMA with the masters of confinement

An astronaut, a ‘marsonaut’ and a doctor log into Reddit… It may sound like the start of a joke, but gather all your questions about confinement because it’s happening today! Today, Wednesday 29 April from 17:00, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, Mars500 ‘marsonaut’ and ESA astronaut support engineer Romain Charles and Antarctica medical doctor Nadja Albertsen […]

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Mars

How to survive confinement – tips from a ‘marsonaut’

In these times of confinement, ESA astronaut support engineer Romain Charles shares nine tips on how to live in isolation – he spent 520 days locked in a mockup spacecraft and is a true expert on the subject. Mars500 locked six ‘marsonauts’ in a simulated spaceship near Moscow, Russia for 520 days, the time it […]

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Astronauts

At home with ESA

Efforts are underway around the world to stop the spread of coronavirus, which means many of us are confined to our homes. We're unable to visit loved ones and in some cases, unable to go outside at all. Not being able to go about our normal daily lives, coupled with the risk of contracting this new and highly contagious virus, brings up all kinds of emotions. So we asked astronauts and experts who have experienced long periods of isolation or quarantine for their tips to help us through.

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Luca Parmitano

Operation Aikidō

Adrianos Golemis is an ESA flight surgeon based at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. He spent nine months in isolation at Concordia research station and three weeks in quarantine with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano. He is currently working at a hospital in Thessaloniki, Greece. In this second post of a two-part blog series he helps you use isolation to your advantage.

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Podcasts

New podcast episode – Luca reflects on Beyond

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano took some time out shortly after returning from 201 days on board the International Space Station to reflect on a successful mission in the latest episode of ESA podcast ESA Explores.

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Luca Parmitano

A chance in the shadow

Adrianos Golemis is an ESA flight surgeon based at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. He spent nine months in isolation at Concordia research station and three weeks in quarantine with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano. He is currently working at a hospital in Thessaloniki, Greece. In this first post of a two-part blog series he gives his tips for life in isolation.

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Science

European science continues after Beyond

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano returned to Earth 5 February after setting new European spaceflight records, but European science continues in space. Many facilities run continuously in the background on the International Space Station, steadily gathering more data in weightlessness for researchers on Earth.

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Spacewalking

Spacewalking stats

In January, Luca Parmitano surpassed Christer Fuglesang's record to claim the top spot for longest cumulative spacewalking time by a European astronaut.

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