June 9, 2010

ESA Astronauts At ILA In Berlin

Ten past and present ESA astronauts will be at the ILA international aerospace show at Berlin's Schoenefeld on Friday 11 June. At the same time, ESA will continue its presence on its shared stand.

ESA will participate in ILA's "ËœSpaceflight: Yesterday"“Today"“Tomorrow' workshop on Friday, starting at 12:00 CEST in the Space Hall (Raumfahrt-Halle).

Former ESA astronauts Ulf Merbold and Ernst Messerschmid will represent the previous generation of space flyers and start the session. Current astronauts Hans Schlegel, L©opold Eyharts, Gerhard Thiele and Frank De Winne will then join them.

ESA's Dutch astronaut Andr© Kuipers will describe the training for his mission to the International Space Station in 2011.

New ESA astronauts Alexander Gerst and Samantha Cristoforetti will then appear via a live video link, from the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, where they are undergoing basic training.

Thomas Reiter, a member of the German Aerospace Center's Executive Board, will also participate, taking questions about German activities in spaceflight.

Finally, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight Simonetta Di Pippo will talk about the future of the Agency's contribution to the space station program and her vision for Europe's human spaceflight activities.


Image Caption: ESA astronaut Hans Schlegel completed his first ever spacewalk. The second spacewalk of the STS-122 Shuttle mission lasted six hours 45 minutes. Shortly after the spacewalk officially started to 15:27 CET (14:27 UT), Schlegel and NASA astronaut Rex Walheim headed out of the International Space Station's Quest Airlock. The spacewalkers main task was to replace a nitrogen tank used to pressurize the Station's ammonia cooling system. The replacement of the tank is part of regular Station maintenance. A new nitrogen tank was carried to ISS inside Atlantis' payload bay. Credits: NASA


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