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ESA Human Spaceflight

Full circle: space algae fighting malnutrition in Congo Looking for food that could be harvested by astronauts far from Earth, researchers focused on spirulina, which has been harvested for food in South America and Africa for centuries. ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti ate the first food containing spirulina in space and now the knowledge is being applied to a pilot project in Congo as a food supplement. Preparing for long missions far from Earth, astronauts will need to harvest their own food. ESA’s Micro-Ecological Life Support System Alternative team, or MELiSSA, is looking at creating a closed ecosystem that continuously recycles waste into food, oxygen and water.


ESA Human Spaceflight

Preparing astronauts for exploring celestial bodies ESA is now training astronauts in identifying planetary geological features for future missions to the Moon, Mars and asteroids. This week, Luca Parmitano and Pedro Duque will work under leading European planetary geologists and apply their knowledge during field trips in Bressanone, Italy.


ESA Space Transportation

Vega to launch ESA’s wind mission Today, ESA and Arianespace signed a contract to secure the launch of the Aeolus satellite. With this milestone, a better understanding of Earth’s winds is another step closer.


ESA Human Spaceflight

European researchers invited to board ‘Spaceship EAC’ The European Astronaut Centre is set to work with academia in tackling future space exploration challenges – an initiative known as ‘Spaceship EAC’. EAC, based in Cologne, Germany, is now a participant in ESA’s long-running Networking/Partnering Initiative (NPI),  which supports work carried out by universities and research institutes on advanced technologies with potential space applications, including the ‘spin-in’ of new non-space technologies. NPI can co-fund suitable PhD or post-doctoral investigations, while also providing access to ESA technical experts and specialist laboratories and helping to identify potential industrial partners for follow-up research and development.


Astronomy & Astrophysics

First stars formed even later than previously thoughtFirst stars formed even later than previously thought ESA press release © ESA – C. Carreau Based on the articles: "Planck intermediate results. XLVI. Reduction of large-scale systematic effects in HFI polarization maps and estimation of the reionization optical depth", by Planck Collaboration "Planck intermediate results. XLVII. Planck constraints on reionization history", by Planck Collaboration To be published in Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2016


Astronomy & Astrophysics

Cosmic Neighbors Inhibit Star Formation, Even in the Early-universeCosmic Neighbors Inhibit Star Formation, Even in the Early-universe UCR Today press releaseW. M. Keck Observatory press release © SpARCS collaboration Based on the article "Stellar mass function of cluster galaxies at z ~ 1.5: evidence for reduced quenching efficiency at high redshift",
by Julie B. Nantais et al Published in Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2016, 592, A161


ESA Space Science

Space science starts here Video showcase of ESA's fleet of space science missions and how they are helping us to understand our place in the Universe


ESA Education

Selection underway Call for 2018 is closed and the selection board is evaluating the proposals.


ESA Operations

Space debris conference Europe's top forum for information exchange, technical discussions and networking between space debris researchers worldwide | 7th European Space Debris Conference, 18-21 April 2017, ESOC, Darmstadt


ESA Human Spaceflight

Return to the underwater Space Station This year, NASA’s underwater training mission for astronauts promises to be longer and better than ever. Starting on 21 July, space agencies will test technologies and research international crew behaviour for long-duration missions using a permanent underwater base off the coast of Florida.