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ESA Astronauts

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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Exploration topics

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.

Science

Mars revisited

If aliens looked for life on a future Earth with its oceans and fertile lands lost to time, where would they start?

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Science

A Sherlock Holmes for Mars

The crime scene is an impact crater and the mystery is an elusive one for scientists – detecting life’s fingerprints on Mars.

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International Space Station

Power spacewalk series draws to a close

Last Thursday, NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Bob Behnken performed the 11th spacewalk in a three-and-a-half-year effort to upgrade the International Space Station’s power system.

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Moon

Spaceship EAC: 3D printing parts for the Moon

Swedish master student Billy Grundström is undertaking a 6-month internship at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, where he’s 3D printing parts from simulated Moon dust and a bio-additive in preparation for lunar living.

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International Space Station

Bye, bye, Earth views

For half a decade, cameras mounted outside ESA’s laboratory on the International Space Station streamed video to the world – offering mesmerising views of our planet, much like an astronaut’s gaze. NASA’s High Definition Earth Viewing project put commercial “off-the-shelf” cameras out in space...

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Moon

Artemis introducing ERSA – European experiment to monitor radiation in deep space

The ESA human spaceflight experiment to fly farthest from Earth now has a name: ERSA (European Radiation Sensors Array). Destined for the Gateway, an international outpost in lunar orbit, ERSA will monitor radiation and return vital data.

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Moon

Spaceship EAC: top tech for astronaut health

With a background in electrical and biomedical engineering, Justin Dalrymple from Canada found his ideal 6-month internship at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany.

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Matthias Maurer

Video: Matthias Maurer trains at NASA

ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer has started pre-assignment training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, USA. Join him on his journey in the first of a series of vlogs. Matthias travelled to Houston from Europe with fellow ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet. Thomas has flown to the International Space Station before, while Matthias is training […]

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