Dry runs preparing for underground astronauts11 July 2014
Dry runs preparing for underground astronauts11 July 2014 ESA trainers and caving specialists recently went underground in Sardinia, Italy to set the scene for space-like astronaut training later this summer.
Searching for life in strange places13 January 2014
Searching for life in strange places13 January 2014 Last year schoolchildren were invited to dig up some earth in search of creepy-crawlies and underground life. Astronauts taking part in ESA’s underground training course CAVES joined the worldwide experiment from deep under Sardinia, Italy, and the re...
Astronauts exploring the depths 04 October 2013
Astronauts exploring the depths 04 October 2013 Usually, ESA sends astronauts to outer space, but last week six astronauts from around the world spent six days underground to get a taste of working together in extreme conditions.
Teaching astronauts underground for living in space13 September 2013
Teaching astronauts underground for living in space13 September 2013 This week sees the start of ESA’s next underground training course for astronauts. Six new and experienced astronauts from all over the world will work together to overcome the difficulties of working in a new environment performing a full scientific...
Catch that bug!21 June 2013
Catch that bug!21 June 2013 Spiders, beetles and worms might look creepy, but these creatures tell us a lot about biodiversity. Students are being challenged to count the creepy-crawlies’ eyes, legs and antennae and compare them with specimens found by astronauts on an undergrou...
Astronauts bring back new life23 November 2012
Astronauts bring back new life23 November 2012 It is not every day that astronauts can claim to return to Earth with a new species of life. But when the astronauts on ESA’s CAVES underground training course returned to the surface they were carrying a special type of woodlouse.