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The exploration of the 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.

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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Luca Parmitano

Fourth #SpacewalkForAMS: latest updates

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan are performing the fourth in a series of complex spacewalks to maintain the cosmic ray detecting Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer AMS-02 today – 25 January 2020. It is the third spacewalk of 2020, the sixth for Luca and the ninth spacewalk for Expedition 61 crew – the most ever performed during a single expedition.

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Luca Parmitano

Watch Luca’s final #SpacewalkForAMS

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan will exit the International Space Station airlock together for the fourth time Saturday 25 January. It is the ninth spacewalk for Expedition 61 – the most spacewalks ever performed during a single Space Station expedition – and the last in a complex series to maintain the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer AMS-02.

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Luca Parmitano

Bones, bacteria and nutrition – European science in space

For eight days the International Space Station operated at full capacity with nine astronauts. With the extra set of hands in space the science teams on Earth got busy scheduling the astronauts’ days to get the most research time out of their time in orbit.

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