Meet the space makers as we journey across Europe and into the cosmos to build a future beyond Earth alone. From astronauts to space doctors, engineers and mission controllers, ESA Explores goes behind the scenes of Europe’s greatest adventure yet.
ESA Explores: 100 days to launch with astronaut Matthias Maurer
ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer will soon be launched to the International Space Station for a six-month stay in orbit. In this podcast, he talks about his training, the differences he‘s found between the Russian and American spacesuits, the role of the new European Robotic Arm (ERA), whether he‘s packed, science and what he‘s most looking forward to during his Cosmic Kiss mission.
Note: this episode was recorded just prior to the launch of Russia‘s new MLM module, which travelled to the Station on 21 July with ERA attached to its back. Matthias is scheduled to launch as a member of Crew-3 in a SpaceX Crew Dragon no earlier than 31 October 2021.
ESA Explores: ERA for astronauts
ESA astronaut André Kuipers first encountered the European Robotic Arm (ERA) on paper, when it was intended for a proposed spaceplane called Hermes. Many iterations later, this European-built robot will soon be launched to the International Space Station – its new home in orbit. In this episode André shares how he trained with ERA underwater in Moscow, Russia and talks us through its features from an astronaut's perspective.
The launch of ERA will be streamed live on ESA Web TV: https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/ESA_Web_TV
ESA Explores: a new arm for space
The European Robotic Arm (ERA) is set for launch to the International Space Station in July 2021, where it will provide access to the exterior of the Russian segment and support future space walks. Ahead of its launch, we caught up with ESA ERA project manager Philippe Schoonejans. Philippe shares more about this dexterous, 11 m long robot, what it enables, and its journey from Europe to space in this tale of international partnership and perseverance.
This episode is the first in a series covering the European Robotic Arm. Stay tuned for an astronaut's perspective in our next episode with ESA astronaut André Kuipers.
For more on ESA's human and robotic exploration activities follow us on Twitter @esaspaceflight or visit blogs.esa.int/exploration
ESA Explores: preparing for other planets
Loredana Bessone is preparing astronauts to explore other planets through innovative training on Earth. In this episode of astronaut selection series, she shares how astronauts train in underground caves and in different geological locations to develop their skills for the International Space Station and beyond, and how she came to train space explorers.
ESA is currently accepting applications for the first astronaut selection in 11 years. But hurry! Applications close 18 June 2021. Visit esa.int/YourWayToSpace for more information and to apply.
ESA Explores: innovation for exploration
A team of students and young professionals from across Europe are exploring innovative solutions to some of the biggest challenges we'll face during future missions to the Moon and beyond. In this episode we speak with ESA Science Officer Aidan Cowley about Spaceship EAC, building Moon bases with regolith, how he found his way to space and advice for the next generation.
This episode is part of our space careers series developed for ESA's 2021 astronaut selection. Due to Lithuania's new status as an ESA Associate Member, the deadline for astronaut applications has been extended to 18 June 2021. Read more about the selection process and find #YourWayToSpace at esa.int/yourwaytospace
Time and Space: forward to the Moon
In the final episode of our Time and Space series, ESA Director of Human and Robotic Exploration David Parker talks us through Europe's next steps into space. We hear about ESA's three exploration destinations: the International Space Station, the Moon and Mars and get a feel for what it might be like to travel to the Gateway – a planned space station around the Moon.