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Inside Astronaut Alexander Gerst's Head
2014-02-17 13:36:09

ESA The clock is ticking: in 100 days ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will be launched to the International Space Station with NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and cosmonaut commander Maxim Surayev. Strapped on top of 274 tonnes of rocket propellants, they will be boosted to 28 000 km/h to arrive at the orbital outpost in less than seven hours. The launch will mark the start of Alexander’s Blue Dot mission as part of Space Station Expedition 40/41, staying for six months on the world’s...

ESA's ATV Astronaut Trainees Pass With Flying Colors
2014-01-14 10:59:19

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The ESA has announced that the fifth and last Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) will be leaving for the International Space Station (ISS) this summer. ATV Georges Lemaitre will be launched from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. It will be bringing supplies, fuel and oxygen for the astronauts aboard the orbiting space lab. Alexander Gerst is an ESA astronaut who will be departing in May to join the other members of the...

Training Astronauts Underwater
2013-09-11 10:44:52

ESA ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy and ESA astronaut instructor Hervé Stevenin slipped into the roles of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin last week for an underwater simulation of the historic mission to the Moon. Training astronauts underwater is an effective way of getting used to the sensations of working in weightlessness for long periods. Last week the underwater training concept was extended by French deep-diving specialists Comex to simulate gravity on the Moon. Lunar...

Alexander Gerst's Space Clinic
2013-07-24 11:16:26

ESA They are skills everyone hopes an astronaut never has to use but they are vital for the International Space Station, where no ambulance can reach. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst recently boosted his medical skills in a busy hospital setting. Astronauts spend up to six months on the Space Station working on scientific experiments and maintaining the orbital outpost. They need to be able to handle any emergency - after all, hundreds of kilometers and a hard journey separate them from...

ESA Astronaut Timothy Peake Set To Join Crew On International Space Station In 2015
2013-05-20 10:49:12

ESA ESA´s Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain, announced today that the ISS Multilateral Crew Operations Panel has decided on Friday, 17 May to accept his proposal to fly astronaut Timothy Peake to the International Space Station in 2015. “When we recruited the six new ESA astronauts in May 2009, I made a promise to secure flight opportunities for all of them. Thanks to the decisions of the Member States at the Ministerial Council last November, we will be able to fulfil...

Space And Science Meet Online For Youngsters
2012-05-23 03:28:59

What happens when your experiment gets over 30,000 views online? Tomorrow´s space explorers were awarded an out-of-this-world scientific exchange with astronauts on the International Space Station last Wednesday. Youngsters from Europe, the Middle East and Africa were invited to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, for a live chat with ESA astronaut André Kuipers and NASA astronaut Don Pettit. The prize was well-deserved: only 21 videos out of the 2000...

Learn To Dock An ATV The Astronaut Way
2012-04-12 04:21:11

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? ESA is making actual astronaut training available on your computer and tablet, so you can see for yourself. ESA´s third Automated Transfer Vehicle, ATV Edoardo Amaldi, has safely docked with the International Space Station. ATV is the largest supply ship to fly to the Space Station. A truly international team effort, ATV-3 brought fresh food, fuel and supplies to the Station. Although this spacecraft has sophisticated automatic docking...

ESA Astronauts On The Road To Space
2012-02-25 05:37:18

ESA´s astronauts-in-training have a busy schedule. From their base at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, they are travelling all over the world to learn the skills required to fly in space, blogging as they go. The new astronauts are learning how to live and work on the International Space Station in the countries of all the Station´s partners: Europe, Canada, America, Japan and Russia. You can now follow their trials and triumphs by following the blog written...

European Finalists Selected In Space Lab Student Competition
2012-01-19 04:14:54

Sixty space experiment proposals have been selected as finalists in the YouTube Space Lab student science competition, co-sponsored by ESA. Judges must now select the two top entries to be flown on the International Space Station. ESA, NASA, JAXA and the Canadian Space Agency have joined Google, YouTube, Lenovo and Space Adventures in an international science competition that challenges students aged 14—16 and 17—18 to design an experiment that can be conducted in microgravity...

Season’s Greetings From The Other Extreme
2011-12-23 04:27:55

It is summer in Antarctica and the new crew for the Concordia research station will soon arrive. And since the place is second only to space for harsh conditions, they have been trained courtesy of ESA. The Franco—Italian operated Concordia research base in Antarctica is a place of extremes, especially during the long, dark winter. Now, during the summer, it is around —30°C and the Sun shines around the clock, but Antarctica will gradually show its other face starting...