Samantha’s mission has a name: Futura09 December 2013
Samantha’s mission has a name: Futura09 December 2013 ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti’s mission to the International Space Station will be called Futura. The name for the joint mission with Italy’s ASI space agency, set for launch next November, was chosen after a call for ideas in her home country.
Spacelab and 30 years of ESA astronauts28 November 2013
Spacelab and 30 years of ESA astronauts28 November 2013 Thirty years ago this week the first European-built Spacelab was launched on the Space Shuttle. ESA’s first astronaut, Ulf Merbold, flew on the mission, marking ESA’s entry into human spaceflight.
Changing of the guard at Concordia27 November 2013
Changing of the guard at Concordia27 November 2013 The journey to the Concordia research base in Antarctica is never predictable. Delays due to weather can keep travellers at the stopover points for days. During the Antarctic winter all travel to Concordia is out of the question as temperatures plunge...
Orion milestone set for May 22 November 2013
Orion milestone set for May 22 November 2013 A milestone in developing Europe’s contribution to NASA’s Orion crew vehicle, expected to take human crews beyond Earth orbit later this decade, has been set for next May. The period until then will allow for an indepth design analysis for the propose...
Happy birthday, Space Station20 November 2013
Happy birthday, Space Station20 November 2013 The International Space Station celebrates its birthday today, 15 years after the first module was launched in 1998.
Celebrate the Space Station’s 15th birthday19 November 2013
Celebrate the Space Station’s 15th birthday19 November 2013 Zarya, the first module of the International Space Station, was launched on 20 November 1998. Five space agencies representing 16 nations have worked together to build the orbiting research complex – one of the most complex scientific and technologica...