European Space Agency (ESA)

SHAUN THE SHEEP COMPLETES ASTRONAUT TRAINING WITH ESA

Children’s film character Shaun the Sheep has completed his microgravity training ahead of the launch of his second animated feature film Farmageddon – and just in time for the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the Moon. Shaun flew recently under the supervision of an ESA team on the special Airbus […]

THIRD EUROPEAN SERVICE MODULE FOR ORION TO FERRY ASTRONAUTS ON MOON LANDING

With NASA’s announcement to bring humans back to the surface of the moon before the end of 2024, ESA is preparing to deliver a third European Service Module (ESM) for the Orion spacecraft. An agreement between NASA and ESA gives the go-ahead to start building the ESM, which provides air, water, electricity, propulsion, temperature control […]

ORION’S EUROPEAN SERVICE MODULE 2 ASSEMBLY

The European Service Module-2 (ESM-2) is currently undergoing assembly at Airbus in Bremen, Germany. ESM-2 is the engine of the Orion spacecraft that will carry its first crew into space. The mission is called Artemis 2 and is targeted to launch in 2022. Every wire seen in this structure must be correctly connected and configured […]

ESA AND NASA TO TEAM UP ON LUNAR SCIENCE

ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration, David Parker, and Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, signed a Statement of Intent to coordinate joint science research about the Moon and identify opportunities for lunar mission cooperation. Signed during the National Academies’ Space Science Week in Washington DC, the statement highlights a common […]

TESTING THE VALUE OF ARTIFICIAL GRAVITY FOR ASTRONAUT HEALTH

Test subjects in Cologne, Germany will take to their beds for 60 days from 25 March as part of a groundbreaking study, funded by European Space Agency ESA and US space agency NASA, into how artificial gravity could help astronauts stay healthy in space. Carried out at the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) :envihab facility, the […]

SPACE FOR INSPIRATION: LIVE

Spaceflight is one of the most inspiring endeavours of humankind. Watch live as ESA and experts from many disciplines look at how human spaceflight has changed our daily lives, what the future holds, and the inspiring research and work done across many disciplines and industries. The Space for Inspiration event is taking place on September […]

ANDREAS MOGENSEN USING VR IN ORBITAL ROBOTICS LAB

Danish ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen during a summer visit to ESTEC’s Orbital Robotics Laboratory, experiencing weightless motion in 2D – courtesy of a friction-free air-bearing platform combined with a virtual reality headset. The Orbital Robotics Lab, used to test out mission scenarios involving microgravity or low-gravity environments, incorporates a 4.8 x 9 m epoxy floor […]

THREE SPACE STATION CREW MEMBERS RETURN TO EARTH

Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth at 5:15 a.m. EDT (3:15 p.m. Kazakhstan time) Saturday after wrapping up 186 days in space and several NASA research studies in human health. Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra of NASA, flight engineer Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency) and Soyuz Commander Yuri […]

MARK ZUCKERBERG TO CONNECT WITH SPACE STATION ASTRONAUTS VIA FACEBOOK LIVE

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and chief executive officer, will speak with three astronauts currently living and working aboard the International Space Station at 12:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 1. The Earth-to-space call will be seen live on NASA’s Facebook page. During the 20-minute Facebook Live video call with NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams, […]

WINDOW TO EARTH: NASA PARTNERS WITH IMAX FOR ‘A BEAUTIFUL PLANET’

For crew members aboard the International Space Station, the view doesn’t get any better than looking at the Earth from the station’s Cupola. The dome-shaped module’s seven panoramic windows offers them a unique view of our magnificent blue planet. It was from the Cupola that NASA’s eighth collaboration with IMAX came to life. ‘A Beautiful […]

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