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29/10/202115:00

Q&A with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer live

ESA WEB TV ONE

Don’t miss Matthias Maurer’s last Q&A session before liftoff! The ESA astronaut will join from his pre-launch quarantine in the USA to discuss launch preparations and highlights of his mission, called Cosmic Kiss. Matthias will be the 600th human to fly to space. His first launch attempt is on Sunday 31 October at 07:21 CET (06:21 GMT, 02:21 EDT) alongside NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Tom Marshburn and Raja Chari on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft “Endurance”. The launch from Florida will be broadcast on channel 2 of ESA Web TV.

Duration 01:00:00
31/10/202103:00

Launch of Crew-3 to the International Space Station live

ESA WEB TV TWO

At 07:21 CET next Sunday, ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer will be launched into space for the first time. Alongside three NASA astronauts, he will depart the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. After an approximately 22-hour journey, Matthias will dock the International Space Station (ISS) where his Cosmic Kiss mission will begin in earnest. He will have a small crossover with another ESA astronaut, Thomas Pesquet, who is currently finishing his own Alpha mission on the ISS. Don’t miss the uninterrupted live coverage of Matthias’s launch starting from 03:00 CET on Sunday, through to docking, hatch opening and welcome ceremony – on ESA WebTV channel 2, with NASA commentary.

Duration 30:00:00

Daily programme — all times in CEST

01:00

Wake up in space

Start your day with spectacular imagery from space.

Duration 07:00:00
08:00

Advancing Earth observation

Revisit some of the major conferences that explore how satellites observe our planet and the future of these technologies. World-class scientists, along with representatives from space agencies and international organisations came together at ESA’s Living Planet Symposium in Milan last year to discuss the latest in satellite Earth observation. At ESA’s second ɸ-week, researchers explored how open science and innovation can benefit from the latest digital technologies to help shape future Earth observation missions and services.

Duration 00:30:00
08:30

Flying missions

In this programme, get acquainted with ESA’s mission control centre, responsible for flying multiple spacecraft, and the global network of ground stations that keeps track. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, these ground stations communicate with the spacecraft, send commands and receive their valuable data. Back at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, teams work around the clock to operate spacecraft and ensure they are functioning properly. This 30-minute programme ends with a short film – ‘The Burn’ – that offers a glimpse into the time-critical manoeuvres ESA’s operations teams are sometimes faced with.

Duration 00:30:00
09:00

Latest from ESA

A selection of highlights of the latest news from ESA’s activities. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is back in space: watch his launch and docking to the ISS as he became the first European to fly on a commercial SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Look back at who he is and how he got there for his second mission called Alpha. Meet fellow astronaut Matthias Maurer training for his own Cosmic mission due in fall 2021 – and discover how astronauts keep their taste buds active and their body fit during their long stay in space. More on this programme: ESA is developing tools to tackle the growing threat of space debris through its work on ClearSpace-1 - the world’s first mission to remove space debris - for launch in 2025. Its satellites also contribute to our understanding of climate change – watch how ocean acidification is being monitored in order to boost scientists’ understanding of the evolving environment. Exploring farther: ESA together with NASA works to bring humans back to the moon, and its Mars orbiter is providing new data about water loss on the red planet. Europe’s new flexible launch vehicle, Vega-C, is nearing completion, providing an answer to the growing market of smaller spacecrafts and satellites. And finally, get a glimpse of the first images from Solar Orbiter –the closest images of the Sun you will ever see.

Duration 01:00:00
10:00

Astronaut coffee break

So what is it really like to go to space (and back)? Join ESA astronauts Alexander Gerst, Samantha Cristoforetti, Luca Parmitano and Thomas Pesquet as they discuss living and working in space. Topics include video production, landing in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, housekeeping and the perils of opening food on the International Space Station.

Duration 00:30:00
10:30

Dealing with space debris

With the space highways set to become busier, keeping space clean is a top priority. Discover the ESA initiatives to detect and manage debris, including how spacecraft operators steer satellites back into Earth’s atmosphere.

Duration 00:30:00
11:00

Watching for asteroids

on air

Discover the latest technology being used to watch for roaming rocks …and the truth about the dinosaurs. This programme offers an overview of where asteroids come from, why they are a threat and what is being done to monitor their movement. Learn about the possibilities of asteroid deflection, or even sending humankind to visit them.

Duration 00:30:00
11:30

Celebrating 20 years of ESA astronauts on the ISS

To celebrate 20 years since ESA astronauts first took up residence on the International Space Station, join the very first European astronaut on board Umberto Guidoni, together with Tim Peake, Thomas Pesquet and many others, as they reflect on the station’s remarkable achievements. Watch them recall the best moments of their time on board, including filming strikes from thunderstorms on Earth from the ISS cupola or even dressing up for Halloween. Finally, they share their thoughts on what space exploration might look like in the next 20 years.

Duration 00:30:00
12:00

Planet Aqua

About 70% of our planet is made of water. While fresh water sustains life on Earth, it is also essential for living in space. In this new documentary, ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers recounts his experience living in orbit and looking at the blue face of ‘Planet Aqua’. What observations can astronauts and divers share when it comes to water? How do satellites track marine litter? And how are spacecraft-grade recycling systems being used back down on Earth? Watch to get all the answers.

Duration 01:00:00
13:00

ROUGH CUT: Matthias's training

Immerse yourself in a swimming pool with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer as he trains for his upcoming spacewalks! In the fourth episode of our series Rough Cut, we take you to some of his most exciting training sessions: learn how to extinguish a fire on the International Space Station or how to move around with a large and heavy spacesuit, among other sessions. Matthias will launch into space for his first mission called ‘Cosmic Kiss’ on Saturday 30 October.

Duration 00:15:00
13:15

Hiring astronauts!

Who wants to join the next class of ESA astronauts? More than 23 000 people do : that’s a record number of applicants for the vacancy notice published earlier this year. It’s also a rare opportunity : ESA is recruiting four to six new astronauts for the first time since 2008. So, what’s the recruitment process? How long will it take to hire and train the next generation of astronauts? Watch this programme to learn more. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet shares his best tips for the recruitment process and Matthias Maurer tells how astronauts train for survival. He will be the next ESA astronaut to launch into space this autumn for his first mission called Cosmic Kiss.

Duration 00:15:00
13:30

Earth from space

From 800 km high, satellites are taking the pulse of our planet from space. Join our weekly tour from some of the most remote places, to your own backyard. Satellites not only help us better understand our environment, but are improving our daily lives.

Duration 00:30:00
14:00

The Red Planet

Discover Mars and the missions dedicated to advancing our knowledge of the Red Planet. The ESA Kids mascot Paxi begins this programme with an introduction to Mars, followed by an overview of the ExoMars missions. Get an up-close view of the Martian terrain with images from Mars Express, and learn about the potential for brining pieces of Mars back to Earth.

Duration 00:30:00
14:30

Next-generation launchers

The next generation of Europe’s vehicles to space are getting ready to take to the skies. A more powerful version of the Vega launcher, Vega-C, has been developed, while Ariane 6 will enable Europe to maintain leadership in the fast-changing commercial launch service market while responding to the needs of European institutional missions. In this programme, get acquainted with the new Ariane 6 launch complex and have a sneak-peek into some of the testing of the ground equipment. In a short ESA Web TV feature we take you on a tour of Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana, then look back on the success of the Vega programme so far as Vega-C prepares for its maiden flight this year. The two new rockets will ensure Europe’s independent access to space.

Duration 00:30:00
15:00

Das Weltall in Ihrer Sprache – Space in German

Entdecken Sie die europäischen Weltraumaktivitäten in deutscher Sprache. Lernen Sie die Mission Cosmic Kiss des deutschen ESA-Astronauten Matthias Maurer kennen. Seine Mission soll im Herbst 2021 mit dem Start zur ISS beginnen. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt und der Deutschen Raumfahrtagentur im DLR können sie mit Alexander Gerst die Geheimnisse der Schwerelosigkeit erkunden. Entdecken Sie außerdem unser Sonnensystem und den Mond mit unserem außerirdischen Freund Paxi, oder finden Sie es heraus wie Europa das Problem des Weltraummülls angeht.

Duration 01:00:00
16:00

Connecting and navigating

From satcoms to GPS, learn how satellites help you find where you are, get you where you want to go, and help you stay connected. This programme introduces space’s part in the 5G revolution and the benefits of satellite communication technology from crisis management to aviation. Take a look back on the development of Europe’s own global satellite navigation system, Galileo.

Duration 00:30:00
16:30

Meet the experts

Experts from a variety of space activities talk about their respective fields and why they are important. This hour-long programme begins with an introduction to how rockets launch from Earth…and other planets. We then look to the future of Moon exploration, and how life in the isolation of space is being prepared for in remote Antarctica. Scientists working with data from satellites that look out in space and back at Earth tell us about their research and what it means. Get an insider’s look at the satellite systems that tell us where we are and how to get to where we want to go, and discover the efforts being made to keep space clean. Finally, see how a sports scientists works with astronauts, and meet a member of a team that prepares for the future of the space sector.

Duration 01:00:00
17:30

Stories from the lab

The Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory at ESA’s ESTEC establishment in the Netherlands supports ESA projects at all stages of development. In this 30-minute programme, discover how experts found solution for a variety of issues from a stuck mobile gantry to Gaia’s failed memory modules. See how ‘beta cloth’ fibre was tested for resilience for the Aeolus mission, and how engineers research how spacecraft material respond to the extreme environment of space over time. The lab is an impartial authority – decades of accumulated experience to back up project teams, equipped to carry out a wide variety of tests in-house, or turn to a network of external facilities when required.

Duration 00:30:00
18:00

The making of JUICE

In this special programme, filmmaker Maarten Roos takes you behind the scenes of a very special mission called JUICE. It isn’t about the liquid element you extract from fruits, but the one present around the largest planet in our solar system : Jupiter ! Its moons are thought to harbour vast quantities of water below their icy surface. A new spacecraft developed by ESA will enable us to explore the gas giant and better understand the habitability of these icy worlds. Blasting off in 2022, the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) will study the planet and three of its largest moons: Ganymede, Callisto and Europa. In this atmospheric documentary, follow the building of the spacecraft and hear from the people involved.

Duration 00:30:00
18:30

Return to the Moon

A peek into the developing technologies for lunar exploration. Look back on past Moon missions and ESA’s plans for sending new missions to the lunar surface – including the concept for a Moon base.

Duration 00:30:00
19:00

ISS lifestyle

What’s it like to live in space? Join astronauts at 400 km high on the International Space Station. From meals to sleeping to cutting hair, ESA astronauts give us an insider’s view of life in space. It’s not all fun and games – conducting experiments on themselves is part of the job!

Duration 00:30:00
19:30

El espacio en español – Space in Spanish

Entérate sobre las actividades espaciales europeas en español con nuestro programa. No te pierdas al astronauta de la ESA Matthias Maurer entrenando para un paseo espacial. Aprende sobre cómo los satélites ayudan a monitorear el cambio climático; cómo la Agencia Espacial Europea busca señales de vida en Marte. Y, por último, en colaboración con El Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI), descubre cómo España contribuye a la industria espacial.

Duration 00:30:00
20:00

Space out

Relax with a selection of dazzling imagery from space.

Duration 04:00:00
01:00

Wake up in space

Start your day with spectacular imagery from space.

Duration 07:00:00
08:00

Tour the ISS with Luca and Drew

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Drew Morgan take you on a unique tour of the International Space Station shot in one take with two cameras strapped together. Luca and Drew take it in turns to guide you through the modules and spacecraft docked to the orbital outpost. Starting from the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft that bought Drew to the Space Station, the duo show each module and spacecraft docked with the International Space Station at the time it was recorded around the New Year 2020. Passing colleagues include NASA astronaut Jessica Meir and Christina Koch exercising and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka. The tour ends with a view from the Station’s Cupola observatory.

Duration 01:00:00
09:00

Leadership at Mission Control

Join Head of Mission Operations Paolo Ferri as he takes us through major events in his career at ESA, solving the unexpected problems that are part of any space endeavour. Paolo describes three missions that suffered unexpected and potentially fatal flaws: Smart-1, Cluster and Exosat, and how on-the-ground knowledge, innovation and ingenuity prevented their untimely demise, allowing the science to go on. Recounting his personal experiences, he illustrates the importance of effective communication, as well as leadership, coaching and learning – and lesson learned while working under pressure. For the full set of Paolo’s master class, see our Videos on Demand.

Duration 01:00:00
10:00

Back to the stars with Thomas Pesquet

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is back in space! In this programme, relive his launch aboard SpaceX Dragon and arrival to the ISS, watch as Thomas speaks to the band Coldplay and premieres their latest single in space, and take a look back at his training and first mission in 2017 called ‘Proxima’.

Duration 00:30:00
10:30

Working at ESA

What is it like to work at a space agency? Meet some of ESA’s workforce including Young Graduate Trainees and Research Fellows who explain some of the projects they’re involved in and what it’s like to work in space. Get acquainted with some of ESA's multiple locations across Europe, and each establishment's area of expertise. Success has a different meaning for everyone – as ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano explains at the end of this programme.

Duration 00:30:00
11:00

Lo spazio in italiano – Space in Italian

Scopri le attività spaziali europee nella tua lingua.Questo programma offre una panoramica su alcune delle attività dell'ESA. Rivedi il rientro a Terra dalla Stazione Spaziale Internazionale dell'astronauta Luca Parmitano lo scorso anno, e scopri la Luna con il nostro amico alieno, Paxi. Visita lo stabilimento italiano del lanciatore Vega e il centro ESA per l'Osservazione della Terra appena fuori Roma. Scopri come il satellite Cheops studia i pianeti distanti, e fai un giro dei servizi igienici della Stazione Spaziale Internazionale con Samantha Cristoforetti. Al termine di questo programma, Luca Parmitano dà un messaggio speciale sul significato del successo.

Duration 01:00:00
12:00

Dealing with space debris

With the space highways set to become busier, keeping space clean is a top priority. Discover the ESA initiatives to detect and manage debris, including how spacecraft operators steer satellites back into Earth’s atmosphere.

Duration 00:30:00
12:30

Celebrating 20 years of ESA astronauts on the ISS

To celebrate 20 years since ESA astronauts first took up residence on the International Space Station, join the very first European astronaut on board Umberto Guidoni, together with Tim Peake, Thomas Pesquet and many others, as they reflect on the station’s remarkable achievements. Watch them recall the best moments of their time on board, including filming strikes from thunderstorms on Earth from the ISS cupola or even dressing up for Halloween. Finally, they share their thoughts on what space exploration might look like in the next 20 years.

Duration 00:30:00
13:00

ROUGH CUT: Matthias's training

Immerse yourself in a swimming pool with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer as he trains for his upcoming spacewalks! In the fourth episode of our series Rough Cut, we take you to some of his most exciting training sessions: learn how to extinguish a fire on the International Space Station or how to move around with a large and heavy spacesuit, among other sessions. Matthias will launch into space for his first mission called ‘Cosmic Kiss’ on Saturday 30 October.

Duration 00:15:00
13:15

The Pesquet-Mbappé match replay

What do an astronaut and a footballer talk about when they meet? Watch this programme to discover it, as ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet talks to French national football team player Kylian Mbappé from the International Space Station. Just a hint: it's mostly about life in space, teamwork, being a captain, international collaboration and performing under pressure. Kick off!

Duration 00:15:00
13:30

Espace en français – Space in French

Toutes les activités spatiales européennes, en français. Dans ce programme, suivez les préparatifs de Thomas Pesquet pour sa mission Alpha et son envol vers la Station Spatiale Internationale (ISS), où il restera jusqu’à l’automne 2021. Thomas vous fait visiter la station en français et répond aux questions des journalistes. Vous aimez les astronautes et les datas ? Ne manquez pas, dans ce programme, quatre épisodes de la série animée ‘Dastronautes’ réalisée par le Centre National d’Études Spatial (CNES). Au menu également, le Centre français répond à la question : est-ce la fin de l’SS ? Les activités de l’ESA dans le domaine climatique et de la recherche de vie sur Mars sont éclairées par des reportages Euronews/ESA. Et on vous dit tout sur le problème des débris dans l’espace - car pour garantir l’accès à l’espace pour les générations futures, il est temps d’agir !

Duration 01:00:00
14:30

El espacio en español – Space in Spanish

Entérate sobre las actividades espaciales europeas en español con nuestro programa. No te pierdas al astronauta de la ESA Matthias Maurer entrenando para un paseo espacial. Aprende sobre cómo los satélites ayudan a monitorear el cambio climático; cómo la Agencia Espacial Europea busca señales de vida en Marte. Y, por último, en colaboración con El Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI), descubre cómo España contribuye a la industria espacial.

Duration 00:30:00
15:00

Q&A with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer

live
ESA WEB TV ONE

Don’t miss Matthias Maurer’s last Q&A session before liftoff! The ESA astronaut will join from his pre-launch quarantine in the USA to discuss launch preparations and highlights of his mission, called Cosmic Kiss. Matthias will be the 600th human to fly to space. His first launch attempt is on Sunday 31 October at 07:21 CET (06:21 GMT, 02:21 EDT) alongside NASA astronauts Kayla Barron, Tom Marshburn and Raja Chari on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft “Endurance”. The launch from Florida will be broadcast on channel 2 of ESA Web TV.

Duration 01:00:00
16:00

Watching for asteroids

Discover the latest technology being used to watch for roaming rocks …and the truth about the dinosaurs. This programme offers an overview of where asteroids come from, why they are a threat and what is being done to monitor their movement. Learn about the possibilities of asteroid deflection, or even sending humankind to visit them.

Duration 00:30:00
16:30

Earth from space

From 800 km high, satellites are taking the pulse of our planet from space. Join our weekly tour from some of the most remote places, to your own backyard. Satellites not only help us better understand our environment, but are improving our daily lives.

Duration 00:30:00
17:00

The Red Planet

Discover Mars and the missions dedicated to advancing our knowledge of the Red Planet. The ESA Kids mascot Paxi begins this programme with an introduction to Mars, followed by an overview of the ExoMars missions. Get an up-close view of the Martian terrain with images from Mars Express, and learn about the potential for brining pieces of Mars back to Earth.

Duration 00:30:00
17:30

Discover space with Paxi

For kids of all ages: join Paxi, a friendly alien, as he explores Earth, the Moon and beyond. The adventure starts with an introduction to our green friend, and then we follow him through the Solar System. Understanding how our home planet works is important too – and Paxi is ready to teach us!

Duration 00:30:00
18:00

'Cosmic Kiss' Special

Astronaut launch coming up! On 30 October, ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer will board a SpaceX Crew Dragon to launch into space for his very first mission. Named ‘Cosmic Kiss’, this mission will see him spend six months on the International Space Station. But who is Matthias Maurer? How has he been trained? And how will he spend his last few days on Earth before launch? All the answers are in this special ‘Cosmic Kiss’ programme.

Duration 00:15:00
18:15

ISS Lifestyle

What’s it like to live in space? Join astronauts at 400 km high on the International Space Station. From meals to sleeping to cutting hair, ESA astronauts give us an insider’s view of life in space. It’s not all fun and games –conducting experiments on themselves is part of the job!

Duration 00:15:00
18:30

Health and fitness

Physical health is important for everyone – including astronauts. To endure the harsh conditions of human spaceflight they undergo rigorous training both on Earth and in space. This is not just beneficial for their personal health, but contributes to important research for health and medicine. Join our astronauts as they introduce us to their fitness routines and explain some of the experiments they have participated in to advance medical knowledge.

Duration 00:30:00
19:00

Hubble highlights

Revisit some of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s biggest science discoveries from its three decades in operation. This programme kicks off with an introduction to the ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Roman, then takes us on a tour of some of the telescope’s big finds. Explore how Hubble’s observations will be complemented by those of the upcoming NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.

Duration 00:30:00
19:30

Training for unknown terrain

Astronauts undergo rigorous training that prepares them to adapt to and survive in harsh conditions. Follow the simulation of an Earth-landing gone wrong and how astronauts – or any explorers – stay alive until help arrives. With preparations underway to send humans back to the Moon and onto Mars, astronauts need to learn how to cope with long-duration spaceflight, orient themselves in unknown territory and conduct useful research about their surroundings whilst enduring it.

Duration 00:30:00
20:00

Space out

Relax with a selection of dazzling imagery from space.

Duration 04:00:00
01:00

Wake up in space

Start your day with spectacular imagery from space.

Duration 07:00:00
08:00

Hubble highlights

Revisit some of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s biggest science discoveries from its three decades in operation. This programme kicks off with an introduction to the ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Roman, then takes us on a tour of some of the telescope’s big finds. Explore how Hubble’s observations will be complemented by those of the upcoming NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.

Duration 00:30:00
08:30

El espacio en español – Space in Spanish

Entérate sobre las actividades espaciales europeas en español con nuestro programa. No te pierdas al astronauta de la ESA Matthias Maurer entrenando para un paseo espacial. Aprende sobre cómo los satélites ayudan a monitorear el cambio climático; cómo la Agencia Espacial Europea busca señales de vida en Marte. Y, por último, en colaboración con El Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI), descubre cómo España contribuye a la industria espacial.

Duration 00:30:00
09:00

Dealing with space debris

With the space highways set to become busier, keeping space clean is a top priority. Discover the ESA initiatives to detect and manage debris, including how spacecraft operators steer satellites back into Earth’s atmosphere.

Duration 00:30:00
09:30

Astronaut coffee break

So what is it really like to go to space (and back)? Join ESA astronauts Alexander Gerst, Samantha Cristoforetti, Luca Parmitano and Thomas Pesquet as they discuss living and working in space. Topics include video production, landing in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, housekeeping and the perils of opening food on the International Space Station.

Duration 00:30:00
10:00

ISS lifestyle

What’s it like to live in space? Join astronauts at 400 km high on the International Space Station. From meals to sleeping to cutting hair, ESA astronauts give us an insider’s view of life in space. It’s not all fun and games – conducting experiments on themselves is part of the job!

Duration 00:30:00
10:30

Earth from space

From 800 km high, satellites are taking the pulse of our planet from space. Join our weekly tour from some of the most remote places, to your own backyard. Satellites not only help us better understand our environment, but are improving our daily lives.

Duration 00:30:00
11:00

Meet the experts

Experts from a variety of space activities talk about their respective fields and why they are important. This hour-long programme begins with an introduction to how rockets launch from Earth…and other planets. We then look to the future of Moon exploration, and how life in the isolation of space is being prepared for in remote Antarctica. Scientists working with data from satellites that look out in space and back at Earth tell us about their research and what it means. Get an insider’s look at the satellite systems that tell us where we are and how to get to where we want to go, and discover the efforts being made to keep space clean. Finally, see how a sports scientists works with astronauts, and meet a member of a team that prepares for the future of the space sector.

Duration 01:00:00
12:00

Stories from the lab

The Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory at ESA’s ESTEC establishment in the Netherlands supports ESA projects at all stages of development. In this 30-minute programme, discover how experts found solution for a variety of issues from a stuck mobile gantry to Gaia’s failed memory modules. See how ‘beta cloth’ fibre was tested for resilience for the Aeolus mission, and how engineers research how spacecraft material respond to the extreme environment of space over time. The lab is an impartial authority – decades of accumulated experience to back up project teams, equipped to carry out a wide variety of tests in-house, or turn to a network of external facilities when required.

Duration 00:30:00
12:30

Working at ESA

What is it like to work at a space agency? Meet some of ESA’s workforce including Young Graduate Trainees and Research Fellows who explain some of the projects they’re involved in and what it’s like to work in space. Get acquainted with some of ESA's multiple locations across Europe, and each establishment's area of expertise. Success has a different meaning for everyone – as ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano explains at the end of this programme.

Duration 00:30:00
13:00

ROUGH CUT: Matthias's training

Immerse yourself in a swimming pool with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer as he trains for his upcoming spacewalks! In the fourth episode of our series Rough Cut, we take you to some of his most exciting training sessions: learn how to extinguish a fire on the International Space Station or how to move around with a large and heavy spacesuit, among other sessions. Matthias will launch into space for his first mission called ‘Cosmic Kiss’ on Saturday 30 October.

Duration 00:15:00
13:15

Hiring astronauts!

Who wants to join the next class of ESA astronauts? More than 23 000 people do : that’s a record number of applicants for the vacancy notice published earlier this year. It’s also a rare opportunity : ESA is recruiting four to six new astronauts for the first time since 2008. So, what’s the recruitment process? How long will it take to hire and train the next generation of astronauts? Watch this programme to learn more. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet shares his best tips for the recruitment process and Matthias Maurer tells how astronauts train for survival. He will be the next ESA astronaut to launch into space this autumn for his first mission called Cosmic Kiss.

Duration 00:15:00
13:30

Watching for asteroids

Discover the latest technology being used to watch for roaming rocks …and the truth about the dinosaurs. This programme offers an overview of where asteroids come from, why they are a threat and what is being done to monitor their movement. Learn about the possibilities of asteroid deflection, or even sending humankind to visit them.

Duration 00:30:00
14:00

Latest from ESA

A selection of highlights of the latest news from ESA’s activities. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is back in space: watch his launch and docking to the ISS as he became the first European to fly on a commercial SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Look back at who he is and how he got there for his second mission called Alpha. Meet fellow astronaut Matthias Maurer training for his own Cosmic mission due in fall 2021 – and discover how astronauts keep their taste buds active and their body fit during their long stay in space. More on this programme: ESA is developing tools to tackle the growing threat of space debris through its work on ClearSpace-1 - the world’s first mission to remove space debris - for launch in 2025. Its satellites also contribute to our understanding of climate change – watch how ocean acidification is being monitored in order to boost scientists’ understanding of the evolving environment. Exploring farther: ESA together with NASA works to bring humans back to the moon, and its Mars orbiter is providing new data about water loss on the red planet. Europe’s new flexible launch vehicle, Vega-C, is nearing completion, providing an answer to the growing market of smaller spacecrafts and satellites. And finally, get a glimpse of the first images from Solar Orbiter –the closest images of the Sun you will ever see.

Duration 01:00:00
15:00

Espace en français – Space in French

Toutes les activités spatiales européennes, en français. Dans ce programme, suivez les préparatifs de Thomas Pesquet pour sa mission Alpha et son envol vers la Station Spatiale Internationale (ISS), où il restera jusqu’à l’automne 2021. Thomas vous fait visiter la station en français et répond aux questions des journalistes. Vous aimez les astronautes et les datas ? Ne manquez pas, dans ce programme, quatre épisodes de la série animée ‘Dastronautes’ réalisée par le Centre National d’Études Spatial (CNES). Au menu également, le Centre français répond à la question : est-ce la fin de l’SS ? Les activités de l’ESA dans le domaine climatique et de la recherche de vie sur Mars sont éclairées par des reportages Euronews/ESA. Et on vous dit tout sur le problème des débris dans l’espace - car pour garantir l’accès à l’espace pour les générations futures, il est temps d’agir !

Duration 01:00:00
16:00

What’s space got to do with it?

From air quality to growing blood vessels, see how space is part of our everyday lives. Satellites flying high above our heads are providing information and support services that benefit us directly – and we may not even know it. In addition, the technology built for and tested in space can be used here on Earth for innovative applications.

Duration 00:30:00
16:30

Planet Aqua

About 70% of our planet is made of water. While fresh water sustains life on Earth, it is also essential for living in space. In this new documentary, ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers recounts his experience living in orbit and looking at the blue face of ‘Planet Aqua’. What observations can astronauts and divers share when it comes to water? How do satellites track marine litter? And how are spacecraft-grade recycling systems being used back down on Earth? Watch to get all the answers.

Duration 01:00:00
17:30

Return to the Moon

A peek into the developing technologies for lunar exploration. Look back on past Moon missions and ESA’s plans for sending new missions to the lunar surface – including the concept for a Moon base.

Duration 00:30:00
18:00

Celebrating 20 years of ESA astronauts on the ISS

To celebrate 20 years since ESA astronauts first took up residence on the International Space Station, join the very first European astronaut on board Umberto Guidoni, together with Tim Peake, Thomas Pesquet and many others, as they reflect on the station’s remarkable achievements. Watch them recall the best moments of their time on board, including filming strikes from thunderstorms on Earth from the ISS cupola or even dressing up for Halloween. Finally, they share their thoughts on what space exploration might look like in the next 20 years.

Duration 00:30:00
18:30

'Cosmic Kiss' Special

Astronaut launch coming up! On 30 October, ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer will board a SpaceX Crew Dragon to launch into space for his very first mission. Named ‘Cosmic Kiss’, this mission will see him spend six months on the International Space Station. But who is Matthias Maurer? How has he been trained? And how will he spend his last few days on Earth before launch? All the answers are in this special ‘Cosmic Kiss’ programme.

Duration 00:15:00
18:45

ISS Lifestyle

What’s it like to live in space? Join astronauts at 400 km high on the International Space Station. From meals to sleeping to cutting hair, ESA astronauts give us an insider’s view of life in space. It’s not all fun and games –conducting experiments on themselves is part of the job!

Duration 00:15:00
19:00

The making of JUICE

In this special programme, filmmaker Maarten Roos takes you behind the scenes of a very special mission called JUICE. It isn’t about the liquid element you extract from fruits, but the one present around the largest planet in our solar system : Jupiter ! Its moons are thought to harbour vast quantities of water below their icy surface. A new spacecraft developed by ESA will enable us to explore the gas giant and better understand the habitability of these icy worlds. Blasting off in 2022, the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) will study the planet and three of its largest moons: Ganymede, Callisto and Europa. In this atmospheric documentary, follow the building of the spacecraft and hear from the people involved.

Duration 00:30:00
19:30

Advancing Earth observation

Revisit some of the major conferences that explore how satellites observe our planet and the future of these technologies. World-class scientists, along with representatives from space agencies and international organisations came together at ESA’s Living Planet Symposium in Milan last year to discuss the latest in satellite Earth observation. At ESA’s second ɸ-week, researchers explored how open science and innovation can benefit from the latest digital technologies to help shape future Earth observation missions and services.

Duration 00:30:00
20:00

Space out

Relax with a selection of dazzling imagery from space.

Duration 04:00:00
01:00

Wake up in space

Start your day with spectacular imagery from space.

Duration 07:00:00
08:00

Leadership at Mission Control

Join Head of Mission Operations Paolo Ferri as he takes us through major events in his career at ESA, solving the unexpected problems that are part of any space endeavour. Paolo describes three missions that suffered unexpected and potentially fatal flaws: Smart-1, Cluster and Exosat, and how on-the-ground knowledge, innovation and ingenuity prevented their untimely demise, allowing the science to go on. Recounting his personal experiences, he illustrates the importance of effective communication, as well as leadership, coaching and learning – and lesson learned while working under pressure. For the full set of Paolo’s master class, see our Videos on Demand.

Duration 01:00:00
09:00

Discover space with Paxi

For kids of all ages: join Paxi, a friendly alien, as he explores Earth, the Moon and beyond. The adventure starts with an introduction to our green friend, and then we follow him through the Solar System. Understanding how our home planet works is important too – and Paxi is ready to teach us!

Duration 00:30:00
09:30

Space for our climate

From their vantage point in space, satellites provide us with a global view of the changes happening to our planet. These changes include shrinking glaciers, rising sea levels, changes in atmospheric composition, diminishing sea-ice cover, and more. Learn how ESA provides the long-term data coverage needed to monitor climate change on a global scale.

Duration 00:30:00
10:00

Tour the ISS with Luca and Drew

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Drew Morgan take you on a unique tour of the International Space Station shot in one take with two cameras strapped together. Luca and Drew take it in turns to guide you through the modules and spacecraft docked to the orbital outpost. Starting from the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft that bought Drew to the Space Station, the duo show each module and spacecraft docked with the International Space Station at the time it was recorded around the New Year 2020. Passing colleagues include NASA astronaut Jessica Meir and Christina Koch exercising and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka. The tour ends with a view from the Station’s Cupola observatory.

Duration 01:00:00
11:00

What’s space got to do with it?

From air quality to growing blood vessels, see how space is part of our everyday lives. Satellites flying high above our heads are providing information and support services that benefit us directly – and we may not even know it. In addition, the technology built for and tested in space can be used here on Earth for innovative applications.

Duration 00:30:00
11:30

Flying missions

In this programme, get acquainted with ESA’s mission control centre, responsible for flying multiple spacecraft, and the global network of ground stations that keeps track. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, these ground stations communicate with the spacecraft, send commands and receive their valuable data. Back at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, teams work around the clock to operate spacecraft and ensure they are functioning properly. This 30-minute programme ends with a short film – ‘The Burn’ – that offers a glimpse into the time-critical manoeuvres ESA’s operations teams are sometimes faced with.

Duration 00:30:00
12:00

Earth from space

From 800 km high, satellites are taking the pulse of our planet from space. Join our weekly tour from some of the most remote places, to your own backyard. Satellites not only help us better understand our environment, but are improving our daily lives.

Duration 00:30:00
12:30

Return to the Moon

A peek into the developing technologies for lunar exploration. Look back on past Moon missions and ESA’s plans for sending new missions to the lunar surface – including the concept for a Moon base.

Duration 00:30:00
13:00

ROUGH CUT: Matthias's training

Immerse yourself in a swimming pool with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer as he trains for his upcoming spacewalks! In the fourth episode of our series Rough Cut, we take you to some of his most exciting training sessions: learn how to extinguish a fire on the International Space Station or how to move around with a large and heavy spacesuit, among other sessions. Matthias will launch into space for his first mission called ‘Cosmic Kiss’ on Saturday 30 October.

Duration 00:15:00
13:15

The Pesquet-Mbappé match replay

What do an astronaut and a footballer talk about when they meet? Watch this programme to discover it, as ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet talks to French national football team player Kylian Mbappé from the International Space Station. Just a hint: it's mostly about life in space, teamwork, being a captain, international collaboration and performing under pressure. Kick off!

Duration 00:15:00
13:30

Watching for asteroids

Discover the latest technology being used to watch for roaming rocks …and the truth about the dinosaurs. This programme offers an overview of where asteroids come from, why they are a threat and what is being done to monitor their movement. Learn about the possibilities of asteroid deflection, or even sending humankind to visit them.

Duration 00:30:00
14:00

Das Weltall in Ihrer Sprache – Space in German

Entdecken Sie die europäischen Weltraumaktivitäten in deutscher Sprache. Lernen Sie die Mission Cosmic Kiss des deutschen ESA-Astronauten Matthias Maurer kennen. Seine Mission soll im Herbst 2021 mit dem Start zur ISS beginnen. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt und der Deutschen Raumfahrtagentur im DLR können sie mit Alexander Gerst die Geheimnisse der Schwerelosigkeit erkunden. Entdecken Sie außerdem unser Sonnensystem und den Mond mit unserem außerirdischen Freund Paxi, oder finden Sie es heraus wie Europa das Problem des Weltraummülls angeht.

Duration 01:00:00
15:00

The Red Planet

Discover Mars and the missions dedicated to advancing our knowledge of the Red Planet. The ESA Kids mascot Paxi begins this programme with an introduction to Mars, followed by an overview of the ExoMars missions. Get an up-close view of the Martian terrain with images from Mars Express, and learn about the potential for brining pieces of Mars back to Earth.

Duration 00:30:00
15:30

Back to the stars with Thomas Pesquet

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is back in space! In this programme, relive his launch aboard SpaceX Dragon and arrival to the ISS, watch as Thomas speaks to the band Coldplay and premieres their latest single in space, and take a look back at his training and first mission in 2017 called ‘Proxima’.

Duration 00:30:00
16:00

Training for unknown terrain

Astronauts undergo rigorous training that prepares them to adapt to and survive in harsh conditions. Follow the simulation of an Earth-landing gone wrong and how astronauts – or any explorers – stay alive until help arrives. With preparations underway to send humans back to the Moon and onto Mars, astronauts need to learn how to cope with long-duration spaceflight, orient themselves in unknown territory and conduct useful research about their surroundings whilst enduring it.

Duration 00:30:00
16:30

Advancing Earth observation

Revisit some of the major conferences that explore how satellites observe our planet and the future of these technologies. World-class scientists, along with representatives from space agencies and international organisations came together at ESA’s Living Planet Symposium in Milan last year to discuss the latest in satellite Earth observation. At ESA’s second ɸ-week, researchers explored how open science and innovation can benefit from the latest digital technologies to help shape future Earth observation missions and services.

Duration 00:30:00
17:00

Dealing with space debris

With the space highways set to become busier, keeping space clean is a top priority. Discover the ESA initiatives to detect and manage debris, including how spacecraft operators steer satellites back into Earth’s atmosphere.

Duration 00:30:00
17:30

Meet the experts

Experts from a variety of space activities talk about their respective fields and why they are important. This hour-long programme begins with an introduction to how rockets launch from Earth…and other planets. We then look to the future of Moon exploration, and how life in the isolation of space is being prepared for in remote Antarctica. Scientists working with data from satellites that look out in space and back at Earth tell us about their research and what it means. Get an insider’s look at the satellite systems that tell us where we are and how to get to where we want to go, and discover the efforts being made to keep space clean. Finally, see how a sports scientists works with astronauts, and meet a member of a team that prepares for the future of the space sector.

Duration 01:00:00
18:30

Hubble highlights

Revisit some of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s biggest science discoveries from its three decades in operation. This programme kicks off with an introduction to the ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Roman, then takes us on a tour of some of the telescope’s big finds. Explore how Hubble’s observations will be complemented by those of the upcoming NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.

Duration 00:30:00
19:00

Latest from ESA

A selection of highlights of the latest news from ESA’s activities. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is back in space: watch his launch and docking to the ISS as he became the first European to fly on a commercial SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Look back at who he is and how he got there for his second mission called Alpha. Meet fellow astronaut Matthias Maurer training for his own Cosmic mission due in fall 2021 – and discover how astronauts keep their taste buds active and their body fit during their long stay in space. More on this programme: ESA is developing tools to tackle the growing threat of space debris through its work on ClearSpace-1 - the world’s first mission to remove space debris - for launch in 2025. Its satellites also contribute to our understanding of climate change – watch how ocean acidification is being monitored in order to boost scientists’ understanding of the evolving environment. Exploring farther: ESA together with NASA works to bring humans back to the moon, and its Mars orbiter is providing new data about water loss on the red planet. Europe’s new flexible launch vehicle, Vega-C, is nearing completion, providing an answer to the growing market of smaller spacecrafts and satellites. And finally, get a glimpse of the first images from Solar Orbiter –the closest images of the Sun you will ever see.

Duration 01:00:00
20:00

Space out

Relax with a selection of dazzling imagery from space.

Duration 04:00:00
01:00

Wake up in space

Start your day with spectacular imagery from space.

Duration 07:00:00
08:00

The making of JUICE

In this special programme, filmmaker Maarten Roos takes you behind the scenes of a very special mission called JUICE. It isn’t about the liquid element you extract from fruits, but the one present around the largest planet in our solar system : Jupiter ! Its moons are thought to harbour vast quantities of water below their icy surface. A new spacecraft developed by ESA will enable us to explore the gas giant and better understand the habitability of these icy worlds. Blasting off in 2022, the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) will study the planet and three of its largest moons: Ganymede, Callisto and Europa. In this atmospheric documentary, follow the building of the spacecraft and hear from the people involved.

Duration 00:30:00
08:30

Espace en français – Space in French

Toutes les activités spatiales européennes, en français. Dans ce programme, suivez les préparatifs de Thomas Pesquet pour sa mission Alpha et son envol vers la Station Spatiale Internationale (ISS), où il restera jusqu’à l’automne 2021. Thomas vous fait visiter la station en français et répond aux questions des journalistes. Vous aimez les astronautes et les datas ? Ne manquez pas, dans ce programme, quatre épisodes de la série animée ‘Dastronautes’ réalisée par le Centre National d’Études Spatial (CNES). Au menu également, le Centre français répond à la question : est-ce la fin de l’SS ? Les activités de l’ESA dans le domaine climatique et de la recherche de vie sur Mars sont éclairées par des reportages Euronews/ESA. Et on vous dit tout sur le problème des débris dans l’espace - car pour garantir l’accès à l’espace pour les générations futures, il est temps d’agir !

Duration 01:00:00
09:30

Planet Aqua

About 70% of our planet is made of water. While fresh water sustains life on Earth, it is also essential for living in space. In this new documentary, ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers recounts his experience living in orbit and looking at the blue face of ‘Planet Aqua’. What observations can astronauts and divers share when it comes to water? How do satellites track marine litter? And how are spacecraft-grade recycling systems being used back down on Earth? Watch to get all the answers.

Duration 01:00:00
10:30

Working at ESA

What is it like to work at a space agency? Meet some of ESA’s workforce including Young Graduate Trainees and Research Fellows who explain some of the projects they’re involved in and what it’s like to work in space. Get acquainted with some of ESA's multiple locations across Europe, and each establishment's area of expertise. Success has a different meaning for everyone – as ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano explains at the end of this programme.

Duration 00:30:00
11:00

Celebrating 20 years of ESA astronauts on the ISS

To celebrate 20 years since ESA astronauts first took up residence on the International Space Station, join the very first European astronaut on board Umberto Guidoni, together with Tim Peake, Thomas Pesquet and many others, as they reflect on the station’s remarkable achievements. Watch them recall the best moments of their time on board, including filming strikes from thunderstorms on Earth from the ISS cupola or even dressing up for Halloween. Finally, they share their thoughts on what space exploration might look like in the next 20 years.

Duration 00:30:00
11:30

Space for our climate

From their vantage point in space, satellites provide us with a global view of the changes happening to our planet. These changes include shrinking glaciers, rising sea levels, changes in atmospheric composition, diminishing sea-ice cover, and more. Learn how ESA provides the long-term data coverage needed to monitor climate change on a global scale.

Duration 00:30:00
12:00

Das Weltall in Ihrer Sprache – Space in German

Entdecken Sie die europäischen Weltraumaktivitäten in deutscher Sprache. Lernen Sie die Mission Cosmic Kiss des deutschen ESA-Astronauten Matthias Maurer kennen. Seine Mission soll im Herbst 2021 mit dem Start zur ISS beginnen. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt und der Deutschen Raumfahrtagentur im DLR können sie mit Alexander Gerst die Geheimnisse der Schwerelosigkeit erkunden. Entdecken Sie außerdem unser Sonnensystem und den Mond mit unserem außerirdischen Freund Paxi, oder finden Sie es heraus wie Europa das Problem des Weltraummülls angeht.

Duration 01:00:00
13:00

ROUGH CUT: Matthias's training

Immerse yourself in a swimming pool with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer as he trains for his upcoming spacewalks! In the fourth episode of our series Rough Cut, we take you to some of his most exciting training sessions: learn how to extinguish a fire on the International Space Station or how to move around with a large and heavy spacesuit, among other sessions. Matthias will launch into space for his first mission called ‘Cosmic Kiss’ on Saturday 30 October.

Duration 00:15:00
13:15

The Pesquet-Mbappé match replay

What do an astronaut and a footballer talk about when they meet? Watch this programme to discover it, as ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet talks to French national football team player Kylian Mbappé from the International Space Station. Just a hint: it's mostly about life in space, teamwork, being a captain, international collaboration and performing under pressure. Kick off!

Duration 00:15:00
13:30

Advancing Earth observation

Revisit some of the major conferences that explore how satellites observe our planet and the future of these technologies. World-class scientists, along with representatives from space agencies and international organisations came together at ESA’s Living Planet Symposium in Milan last year to discuss the latest in satellite Earth observation. At ESA’s second ɸ-week, researchers explored how open science and innovation can benefit from the latest digital technologies to help shape future Earth observation missions and services.

Duration 00:30:00
14:00

Back to the stars with Thomas Pesquet

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is back in space! In this programme, relive his launch aboard SpaceX Dragon and arrival to the ISS, watch as Thomas speaks to the band Coldplay and premieres their latest single in space, and take a look back at his training and first mission in 2017 called ‘Proxima’.

Duration 00:30:00
14:30

Health and fitness

Physical health is important for everyone – including astronauts. To endure the harsh conditions of human spaceflight they undergo rigorous training both on Earth and in space. This is not just beneficial for their personal health, but contributes to important research for health and medicine. Join our astronauts as they introduce us to their fitness routines and explain some of the experiments they have participated in to advance medical knowledge.

Duration 00:30:00
15:00

Latest from ESA

A selection of highlights of the latest news from ESA’s activities. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is back in space: watch his launch and docking to the ISS as he became the first European to fly on a commercial SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Look back at who he is and how he got there for his second mission called Alpha. Meet fellow astronaut Matthias Maurer training for his own Cosmic mission due in fall 2021 – and discover how astronauts keep their taste buds active and their body fit during their long stay in space. More on this programme: ESA is developing tools to tackle the growing threat of space debris through its work on ClearSpace-1 - the world’s first mission to remove space debris - for launch in 2025. Its satellites also contribute to our understanding of climate change – watch how ocean acidification is being monitored in order to boost scientists’ understanding of the evolving environment. Exploring farther: ESA together with NASA works to bring humans back to the moon, and its Mars orbiter is providing new data about water loss on the red planet. Europe’s new flexible launch vehicle, Vega-C, is nearing completion, providing an answer to the growing market of smaller spacecrafts and satellites. And finally, get a glimpse of the first images from Solar Orbiter –the closest images of the Sun you will ever see.

Duration 01:00:00
16:00

Stories from the lab

The Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory at ESA’s ESTEC establishment in the Netherlands supports ESA projects at all stages of development. In this 30-minute programme, discover how experts found solution for a variety of issues from a stuck mobile gantry to Gaia’s failed memory modules. See how ‘beta cloth’ fibre was tested for resilience for the Aeolus mission, and how engineers research how spacecraft material respond to the extreme environment of space over time. The lab is an impartial authority – decades of accumulated experience to back up project teams, equipped to carry out a wide variety of tests in-house, or turn to a network of external facilities when required.

Duration 00:30:00
16:30

Next-generation launchers

The next generation of Europe’s vehicles to space are getting ready to take to the skies. A more powerful version of the Vega launcher, Vega-C, has been developed, while Ariane 6 will enable Europe to maintain leadership in the fast-changing commercial launch service market while responding to the needs of European institutional missions. In this programme, get acquainted with the new Ariane 6 launch complex and have a sneak-peek into some of the testing of the ground equipment. In a short ESA Web TV feature we take you on a tour of Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana, then look back on the success of the Vega programme so far as Vega-C prepares for its maiden flight this year. The two new rockets will ensure Europe’s independent access to space.

Duration 00:30:00
17:00

Return to the Moon

A peek into the developing technologies for lunar exploration. Look back on past Moon missions and ESA’s plans for sending new missions to the lunar surface – including the concept for a Moon base.

Duration 00:30:00
17:30

The amazing adventure of Rosetta and Philae

Follow Rosetta and Philae on their incredible ten-year journey through the Solar System to their destination: Comet 67P. Find out how Rosetta and Philae first got inspired to visit a comet, then join their journey. Watch as Philae tries to land on the comet and deals with some unexpected challenges! Learn about the fascinating observations that Rosetta made as she watched the comet change before her eyes.

Duration 00:30:00
18:00

Revisiting Rosetta

A look back on the Rosetta mission and the continuing science that is guiding the future of cometary exploration. Meet some of the key scientists who worked on the mission from the sidelines of the 49th Rosetta science workshop, and take in the views of the comet captured by Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera.

Duration 00:30:00
18:30

El espacio en español – Space in Spanish

Entérate sobre las actividades espaciales europeas en español con nuestro programa. No te pierdas al astronauta de la ESA Matthias Maurer entrenando para un paseo espacial. Aprende sobre cómo los satélites ayudan a monitorear el cambio climático; cómo la Agencia Espacial Europea busca señales de vida en Marte. Y, por último, en colaboración con El Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI), descubre cómo España contribuye a la industria espacial.

Duration 00:30:00
19:00

Flying missions

In this programme, get acquainted with ESA’s mission control centre, responsible for flying multiple spacecraft, and the global network of ground stations that keeps track. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, these ground stations communicate with the spacecraft, send commands and receive their valuable data. Back at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, teams work around the clock to operate spacecraft and ensure they are functioning properly. This 30-minute programme ends with a short film – ‘The Burn’ – that offers a glimpse into the time-critical manoeuvres ESA’s operations teams are sometimes faced with.

Duration 00:30:00
19:30

What’s space got to do with it?

From air quality to growing blood vessels, see how space is part of our everyday lives. Satellites flying high above our heads are providing information and support services that benefit us directly – and we may not even know it. In addition, the technology built for and tested in space can be used here on Earth for innovative applications.

Duration 00:30:00
20:00

Space out

Relax with a selection of dazzling imagery from space.

Duration 04:00:00
01:00

Wake up in space

Start your day with spectacular imagery from space.

Duration 07:00:00
08:00

Hubble highlights

Revisit some of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s biggest science discoveries from its three decades in operation. This programme kicks off with an introduction to the ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Roman, then takes us on a tour of some of the telescope’s big finds. Explore how Hubble’s observations will be complemented by those of the upcoming NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.

Duration 00:30:00
08:30

Health and fitness

Physical health is important for everyone – including astronauts. To endure the harsh conditions of human spaceflight they undergo rigorous training both on Earth and in space. This is not just beneficial for their personal health, but contributes to important research for health and medicine. Join our astronauts as they introduce us to their fitness routines and explain some of the experiments they have participated in to advance medical knowledge.

Duration 00:30:00
09:00

Earth from space

From 800 km high, satellites are taking the pulse of our planet from space. Join our weekly tour from some of the most remote places, to your own backyard. Satellites not only help us better understand our environment, but are improving our daily lives.

Duration 00:30:00
09:30

Meet the experts

Experts from a variety of space activities talk about their respective fields and why they are important. This hour-long programme begins with an introduction to how rockets launch from Earth…and other planets. We then look to the future of Moon exploration, and how life in the isolation of space is being prepared for in remote Antarctica. Scientists working with data from satellites that look out in space and back at Earth tell us about their research and what it means. Get an insider’s look at the satellite systems that tell us where we are and how to get to where we want to go, and discover the efforts being made to keep space clean. Finally, see how a sports scientists works with astronauts, and meet a member of a team that prepares for the future of the space sector.

Duration 01:00:00
10:30

Dealing with space debris

With the space highways set to become busier, keeping space clean is a top priority. Discover the ESA initiatives to detect and manage debris, including how spacecraft operators steer satellites back into Earth’s atmosphere.

Duration 00:30:00
11:00

Next-generation launchers

The next generation of Europe’s vehicles to space are getting ready to take to the skies. A more powerful version of the Vega launcher, Vega-C, has been developed, while Ariane 6 will enable Europe to maintain leadership in the fast-changing commercial launch service market while responding to the needs of European institutional missions. In this programme, get acquainted with the new Ariane 6 launch complex and have a sneak-peek into some of the testing of the ground equipment. In a short ESA Web TV feature we take you on a tour of Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana, then look back on the success of the Vega programme so far as Vega-C prepares for its maiden flight this year. The two new rockets will ensure Europe’s independent access to space.

Duration 00:30:00
11:30

Connecting and navigating

From satcoms to GPS, learn how satellites help you find where you are, get you where you want to go, and help you stay connected. This programme introduces space’s part in the 5G revolution and the benefits of satellite communication technology from crisis management to aviation. Take a look back on the development of Europe’s own global satellite navigation system, Galileo.

Duration 00:30:00
12:00

What’s space got to do with it?

From air quality to growing blood vessels, see how space is part of our everyday lives. Satellites flying high above our heads are providing information and support services that benefit us directly – and we may not even know it. In addition, the technology built for and tested in space can be used here on Earth for innovative applications.

Duration 00:30:00
12:30

Back to the stars with Thomas Pesquet

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is back in space! In this programme, relive his launch aboard SpaceX Dragon and arrival to the ISS, watch as Thomas speaks to the band Coldplay and premieres their latest single in space, and take a look back at his training and first mission in 2017 called ‘Proxima’.

Duration 00:30:00
13:00

Rough Cut: the spacewalk

For the third episode of our new series ‘Rough Cut’, mingle with astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Shane Kimbrough as they don their spacesuits and venture outside the ISS for one of the three spacewalks they conducted together in June. The duo worked to install new rollout solar arrays to power the International Space Station. Open the airlock hatch and join them for an out of this world experience. Minimal editing, natural sound: just the heart of the action. This is Rough Cut.

Duration 00:15:00
13:15

Hiring astronauts!

Who wants to join the next class of ESA astronauts? More than 23 000 people do : that’s a record number of applicants for the vacancy notice published earlier this year. It’s also a rare opportunity : ESA is recruiting four to six new astronauts for the first time since 2008. So, what’s the recruitment process? How long will it take to hire and train the next generation of astronauts? Watch this programme to learn more. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet shares his best tips for the recruitment process and Matthias Maurer tells how astronauts train for survival. He will be the next ESA astronaut to launch into space this autumn for his first mission called Cosmic Kiss.

Duration 00:15:00
13:30

Celebrating 20 years of ESA astronauts on the ISS

To celebrate 20 years since ESA astronauts first took up residence on the International Space Station, join the very first European astronaut on board Umberto Guidoni, together with Tim Peake, Thomas Pesquet and many others, as they reflect on the station’s remarkable achievements. Watch them recall the best moments of their time on board, including filming strikes from thunderstorms on Earth from the ISS cupola or even dressing up for Halloween. Finally, they share their thoughts on what space exploration might look like in the next 20 years.

Duration 00:30:00
14:00

ISS lifestyle

What’s it like to live in space? Join astronauts at 400 km high on the International Space Station. From meals to sleeping to cutting hair, ESA astronauts give us an insider’s view of life in space. It’s not all fun and games – conducting experiments on themselves is part of the job!

Duration 00:30:00
14:30

Leadership at Mission Control

Join Head of Mission Operations Paolo Ferri as he takes us through major events in his career at ESA, solving the unexpected problems that are part of any space endeavour. Paolo describes three missions that suffered unexpected and potentially fatal flaws: Smart-1, Cluster and Exosat, and how on-the-ground knowledge, innovation and ingenuity prevented their untimely demise, allowing the science to go on. Recounting his personal experiences, he illustrates the importance of effective communication, as well as leadership, coaching and learning – and lesson learned while working under pressure. For the full set of Paolo’s master class, see our Videos on Demand.

Duration 01:00:00
15:30

Flying missions

In this programme, get acquainted with ESA’s mission control centre, responsible for flying multiple spacecraft, and the global network of ground stations that keeps track. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, these ground stations communicate with the spacecraft, send commands and receive their valuable data. Back at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, teams work around the clock to operate spacecraft and ensure they are functioning properly. This 30-minute programme ends with a short film – ‘The Burn’ – that offers a glimpse into the time-critical manoeuvres ESA’s operations teams are sometimes faced with.

Duration 00:30:00
16:00

Lo spazio in italiano – Space in Italian

Scopri le attività spaziali europee nella tua lingua.Questo programma offre una panoramica su alcune delle attività dell'ESA. Rivedi il rientro a Terra dalla Stazione Spaziale Internazionale dell'astronauta Luca Parmitano lo scorso anno, e scopri la Luna con il nostro amico alieno, Paxi. Visita lo stabilimento italiano del lanciatore Vega e il centro ESA per l'Osservazione della Terra appena fuori Roma. Scopri come il satellite Cheops studia i pianeti distanti, e fai un giro dei servizi igienici della Stazione Spaziale Internazionale con Samantha Cristoforetti. Al termine di questo programma, Luca Parmitano dà un messaggio speciale sul significato del successo.

Duration 01:00:00
17:00

Watching for asteroids

Discover the latest technology being used to watch for roaming rocks …and the truth about the dinosaurs. This programme offers an overview of where asteroids come from, why they are a threat and what is being done to monitor their movement. Learn about the possibilities of asteroid deflection, or even sending humankind to visit them.

Duration 00:30:00
17:30

Return to the Moon

A peek into the developing technologies for lunar exploration. Look back on past Moon missions and ESA’s plans for sending new missions to the lunar surface – including the concept for a Moon base.

Duration 00:30:00
18:00

The making of JUICE

In this special programme, filmmaker Maarten Roos takes you behind the scenes of a very special mission called JUICE. It isn’t about the liquid element you extract from fruits, but the one present around the largest planet in our solar system : Jupiter ! Its moons are thought to harbour vast quantities of water below their icy surface. A new spacecraft developed by ESA will enable us to explore the gas giant and better understand the habitability of these icy worlds. Blasting off in 2022, the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) will study the planet and three of its largest moons: Ganymede, Callisto and Europa. In this atmospheric documentary, follow the building of the spacecraft and hear from the people involved.

Duration 00:30:00
18:30

The amazing adventure of Rosetta and Philae

Follow Rosetta and Philae on their incredible ten-year journey through the Solar System to their destination: Comet 67P. Find out how Rosetta and Philae first got inspired to visit a comet, then join their journey. Watch as Philae tries to land on the comet and deals with some unexpected challenges! Learn about the fascinating observations that Rosetta made as she watched the comet change before her eyes.

Duration 00:30:00
19:00

Revisiting Rosetta

A look back on the Rosetta mission and the continuing science that is guiding the future of cometary exploration. Meet some of the key scientists who worked on the mission from the sidelines of the 49th Rosetta science workshop, and take in the views of the comet captured by Rosetta’s OSIRIS camera.

Duration 00:30:00
19:30

Working at ESA

What is it like to work at a space agency? Meet some of ESA’s workforce including Young Graduate Trainees and Research Fellows who explain some of the projects they’re involved in and what it’s like to work in space. Get acquainted with some of ESA's multiple locations across Europe, and each establishment's area of expertise. Success has a different meaning for everyone – as ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano explains at the end of this programme.

Duration 00:30:00
20:00

Space out

Relax with a selection of dazzling imagery from space.

Duration 04:00:00
01:00

Wake up in space

Start your day with spectacular imagery from space.

Duration 07:00:00
08:00

Discover space with Paxi

For kids of all ages: join Paxi, a friendly alien, as he explores Earth, the Moon and beyond. The adventure starts with an introduction to our green friend, and then we follow him through the Solar System. Understanding how our home planet works is important too – and Paxi is ready to teach us!

Duration 00:30:00
08:30

Dealing with space debris

With the space highways set to become busier, keeping space clean is a top priority. Discover the ESA initiatives to detect and manage debris, including how spacecraft operators steer satellites back into Earth’s atmosphere.

Duration 00:30:00
09:00

Stories from the lab

The Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory at ESA’s ESTEC establishment in the Netherlands supports ESA projects at all stages of development. In this 30-minute programme, discover how experts found solution for a variety of issues from a stuck mobile gantry to Gaia’s failed memory modules. See how ‘beta cloth’ fibre was tested for resilience for the Aeolus mission, and how engineers research how spacecraft material respond to the extreme environment of space over time. The lab is an impartial authority – decades of accumulated experience to back up project teams, equipped to carry out a wide variety of tests in-house, or turn to a network of external facilities when required.

Duration 00:30:00
09:30

Celebrating 20 years of ESA astronauts on the ISS

To celebrate 20 years since ESA astronauts first took up residence on the International Space Station, join the very first European astronaut on board Umberto Guidoni, together with Tim Peake, Thomas Pesquet and many others, as they reflect on the station’s remarkable achievements. Watch them recall the best moments of their time on board, including filming strikes from thunderstorms on Earth from the ISS cupola or even dressing up for Halloween. Finally, they share their thoughts on what space exploration might look like in the next 20 years.

Duration 00:30:00
10:00

Espace en français – Space in French

Toutes les activités spatiales européennes, en français. Dans ce programme, suivez les préparatifs de Thomas Pesquet pour sa mission Alpha et son envol vers la Station Spatiale Internationale (ISS), où il restera jusqu’à l’automne 2021. Thomas vous fait visiter la station en français et répond aux questions des journalistes. Vous aimez les astronautes et les datas ? Ne manquez pas, dans ce programme, quatre épisodes de la série animée ‘Dastronautes’ réalisée par le Centre National d’Études Spatial (CNES). Au menu également, le Centre français répond à la question : est-ce la fin de l’SS ? Les activités de l’ESA dans le domaine climatique et de la recherche de vie sur Mars sont éclairées par des reportages Euronews/ESA. Et on vous dit tout sur le problème des débris dans l’espace - car pour garantir l’accès à l’espace pour les générations futures, il est temps d’agir !

Duration 01:00:00
11:00

Space for our climate

From their vantage point in space, satellites provide us with a global view of the changes happening to our planet. These changes include shrinking glaciers, rising sea levels, changes in atmospheric composition, diminishing sea-ice cover, and more. Learn how ESA provides the long-term data coverage needed to monitor climate change on a global scale.

Duration 00:30:00
11:30

Working at ESA

What is it like to work at a space agency? Meet some of ESA’s workforce including Young Graduate Trainees and Research Fellows who explain some of the projects they’re involved in and what it’s like to work in space. Get acquainted with some of ESA's multiple locations across Europe, and each establishment's area of expertise. Success has a different meaning for everyone – as ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano explains at the end of this programme.

Duration 00:30:00
12:00

Health and fitness

Physical health is important for everyone – including astronauts. To endure the harsh conditions of human spaceflight they undergo rigorous training both on Earth and in space. This is not just beneficial for their personal health, but contributes to important research for health and medicine. Join our astronauts as they introduce us to their fitness routines and explain some of the experiments they have participated in to advance medical knowledge.

Duration 00:30:00
12:30

El espacio en español – Space in Spanish

Entérate sobre las actividades espaciales europeas en español con nuestro programa. No te pierdas al astronauta de la ESA Matthias Maurer entrenando para un paseo espacial. Aprende sobre cómo los satélites ayudan a monitorear el cambio climático; cómo la Agencia Espacial Europea busca señales de vida en Marte. Y, por último, en colaboración con El Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI), descubre cómo España contribuye a la industria espacial.

Duration 00:30:00
13:00

ROUGH CUT: Matthias's training

Immerse yourself in a swimming pool with ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer as he trains for his upcoming spacewalks! In the fourth episode of our series Rough Cut, we take you to some of his most exciting training sessions: learn how to extinguish a fire on the International Space Station or how to move around with a large and heavy spacesuit, among other sessions. Matthias will launch into space for his first mission called ‘Cosmic Kiss’ on Saturday 30 October.

Duration 00:15:00
13:15

The Pesquet-Mbappé match replay

What do an astronaut and a footballer talk about when they meet? Watch this programme to discover it, as ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet talks to French national football team player Kylian Mbappé from the International Space Station. Just a hint: it's mostly about life in space, teamwork, being a captain, international collaboration and performing under pressure. Kick off!

Duration 00:15:00
13:30

Back to the stars with Thomas Pesquet

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is back in space! In this programme, relive his launch aboard SpaceX Dragon and arrival to the ISS, watch as Thomas speaks to the band Coldplay and premieres their latest single in space, and take a look back at his training and first mission in 2017 called ‘Proxima’.

Duration 00:30:00
14:00

Meet the experts

Experts from a variety of space activities talk about their respective fields and why they are important. This hour-long programme begins with an introduction to how rockets launch from Earth…and other planets. We then look to the future of Moon exploration, and how life in the isolation of space is being prepared for in remote Antarctica. Scientists working with data from satellites that look out in space and back at Earth tell us about their research and what it means. Get an insider’s look at the satellite systems that tell us where we are and how to get to where we want to go, and discover the efforts being made to keep space clean. Finally, see how a sports scientists works with astronauts, and meet a member of a team that prepares for the future of the space sector.

Duration 01:00:00
15:00

Earth from space

From 800 km high, satellites are taking the pulse of our planet from space. Join our weekly tour from some of the most remote places, to your own backyard. Satellites not only help us better understand our environment, but are improving our daily lives.

Duration 00:30:00
15:30

Next-generation launchers

The next generation of Europe’s vehicles to space are getting ready to take to the skies. A more powerful version of the Vega launcher, Vega-C, has been developed, while Ariane 6 will enable Europe to maintain leadership in the fast-changing commercial launch service market while responding to the needs of European institutional missions. In this programme, get acquainted with the new Ariane 6 launch complex and have a sneak-peek into some of the testing of the ground equipment. In a short ESA Web TV feature we take you on a tour of Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana, then look back on the success of the Vega programme so far as Vega-C prepares for its maiden flight this year. The two new rockets will ensure Europe’s independent access to space.

Duration 00:30:00
16:00

Tour the ISS with Luca and Drew

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Drew Morgan take you on a unique tour of the International Space Station shot in one take with two cameras strapped together. Luca and Drew take it in turns to guide you through the modules and spacecraft docked to the orbital outpost. Starting from the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft that bought Drew to the Space Station, the duo show each module and spacecraft docked with the International Space Station at the time it was recorded around the New Year 2020. Passing colleagues include NASA astronaut Jessica Meir and Christina Koch exercising and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka. The tour ends with a view from the Station’s Cupola observatory.

Duration 01:00:00
17:00

Astronaut coffee break

So what is it really like to go to space (and back)? Join ESA astronauts Alexander Gerst, Samantha Cristoforetti, Luca Parmitano and Thomas Pesquet as they discuss living and working in space. Topics include video production, landing in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, housekeeping and the perils of opening food on the International Space Station.

Duration 00:30:00
17:30

Latest from ESA

A selection of highlights of the latest news from ESA’s activities. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is back in space: watch his launch and docking to the ISS as he became the first European to fly on a commercial SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. Look back at who he is and how he got there for his second mission called Alpha. Meet fellow astronaut Matthias Maurer training for his own Cosmic mission due in fall 2021 – and discover how astronauts keep their taste buds active and their body fit during their long stay in space. More on this programme: ESA is developing tools to tackle the growing threat of space debris through its work on ClearSpace-1 - the world’s first mission to remove space debris - for launch in 2025. Its satellites also contribute to our understanding of climate change – watch how ocean acidification is being monitored in order to boost scientists’ understanding of the evolving environment. Exploring farther: ESA together with NASA works to bring humans back to the moon, and its Mars orbiter is providing new data about water loss on the red planet. Europe’s new flexible launch vehicle, Vega-C, is nearing completion, providing an answer to the growing market of smaller spacecrafts and satellites. And finally, get a glimpse of the first images from Solar Orbiter –the closest images of the Sun you will ever see.

Duration 01:00:00
18:30

The Red Planet

Discover Mars and the missions dedicated to advancing our knowledge of the Red Planet. The ESA Kids mascot Paxi begins this programme with an introduction to Mars, followed by an overview of the ExoMars missions. Get an up-close view of the Martian terrain with images from Mars Express, and learn about the potential for brining pieces of Mars back to Earth.

Duration 00:30:00
19:00

Das Weltall in Ihrer Sprache – Space in German

Entdecken Sie die europäischen Weltraumaktivitäten in deutscher Sprache. Lernen Sie die Mission Cosmic Kiss des deutschen ESA-Astronauten Matthias Maurer kennen. Seine Mission soll im Herbst 2021 mit dem Start zur ISS beginnen. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt und der Deutschen Raumfahrtagentur im DLR können sie mit Alexander Gerst die Geheimnisse der Schwerelosigkeit erkunden. Entdecken Sie außerdem unser Sonnensystem und den Mond mit unserem außerirdischen Freund Paxi, oder finden Sie es heraus wie Europa das Problem des Weltraummülls angeht.

Duration 01:00:00
20:00

Space out

Relax with a selection of dazzling imagery from space.

Duration 04:00:00