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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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Science

Stable foams and unstable muscles – a month of European Space Station science

European experiments have been looking at how human muscles react to living in weightlessness or used the lack of gravity’s pull to investigate foams. A recap of the European science run on the International Space Station in May. The Myotones experiment is testing the biomechanical properties of astronauts’ muscles and tendons and how they change […]

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International Space Station

European link to historic launch

This weekend two unassuming LAN cables from Europe will witness spaceflight history as they accompany NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station on the first crewed SpaceX Crew Dragon flight.

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Moon

Astronaut urine for building a Moon base

From human waste to superplasticiser, astronaut urine could become a useful resource for making a robust type of concrete on the Moon. A recent European study sponsored by ESA showed that urea, the main organic compound found in our urine, would make the mixture for lunar concrete more malleable before hardening into a final, sturdy […]

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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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