Skin and muscle26 June 2015
Skin and muscle26 June 2015 Astronauts have been known to grow by up to 7 cm as their spines lengthen in weightlessness. As a result, many suffer from backache during their missions. ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen will be the first to evaluate in space a new suit designed to com...
Testing astronauts’ lungs in Space Station airlock 09 March 2015
Testing astronauts’ lungs in Space Station airlock 09 March 2015 Air was pumped out of the International Space Station’s air lock for the first time in the name of science last week. Inside the cylindrical Quest airlock, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA’s Terry Virts monitored their breathing for resea...
An ecosystem in a box 19 January 2015
An ecosystem in a box 19 January 2015 An unusual package was delivered to a hotel in Beijing, China, in 1987 containing a batch of blue–green algae that would spend five days in space in a capsule. The ESA-led MELiSSA project was on its way.
Satellites helping to assess risk of epidemics01 December 2014
Satellites helping to assess risk of epidemics01 December 2014 Learning about our enemy through satellites is helping us to combat diseases spread by insects and other pests.
Satellites help map infectious disease vectors 24 November 2014
Satellites help map infectious disease vectors 24 November 2014 Globalised travel, trade, and the changing environment allow certain disease-spreading insects, and tourists infected with these diseases, to travel further, with greater ease, than ever before. Europe is now at risk of hitherto unfamiliar illnesses t...
Eye-catching space technology restoring sight03 November 2014
Eye-catching space technology restoring sight03 November 2014 Laser surgery to correct eyesight is common practice, but did you know that technology developed for use in space is now commonly used to track the patient’s eye and precisely direct the laser scalpel?