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Exploring our Solar System is one of humanity’s most exciting adventures. ESA selected its first astronauts in 1978 for the 1983 Spacelab mission, taking its first steps into human spaceflight. Here you'll find more about our current astronauts – the class of 2009.

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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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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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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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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Thomas Pesquet

Thomas starts training for second space mission

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet has his bags packed for Houston, USA, and at the end of this month, he’ll begin training for ESA’s next mission to the International Space Station.

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Luca Parmitano

Replay: Luca’s first post-Beyond news conference

Watch ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano speak with media at ESA's European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany following his 201-day Beyond mission on the International Space Station. Please note: content is a mix of English and Italian.

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Luca Parmitano

A record-breaking astronaut returns to terra firma

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is back on Earth after touching down in the Russian Soyuz MS-13 crew module at 09:12 GMT (10:12 CET) Thursday 6 February.

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