ESA astronauts Paolo Nespoli and Tim Peake at Farnborough Air Show

ESA astronauts Paolo Nespoli and Tim Peake are appearing at the Farnborough Air Show on Friday 13th July.

Farnborough 2012 Website.

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ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli: Photo credit ESA.

ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli

ESA Astronaut Time Peake : Photo credit ESA

ESA Astronaut Tim Peake websize


Space for growth at Farnborough airshow

ESA exhibition concept

6 July 2012
ESA is joining other space agencies and industry in a dedicated Space Zone at the major Farnborough international airshow in the UK for seven days from Monday, 9 July.
The Space Zone in Hall 3 brings together key players from international space agencies and industry in the aerospace, defence, space and security sectors to highlight the increasingly important role of space.

The detailed programme of events can be found in the link to the right.

This year, the ESA exhibition highlights the multiple facets of space: space for Earth, space for knowledge, space for competitiveness and growth.

At this time of unprecedented economic challenges, space has proven to be an engine of economic development, an anchor of stability and a counterbalance to negative trends.

Space-based services are more and more part of our daily life and represent a growing element of the economic and societal value of space.


Director General and UK minister, 2010

The ESA exhibition highlights how space pushes the frontiers of knowledge, supports a competitive Europe and creates technical innovation and new business.

From their special vantage points, satellites continuously monitor Earth and its natural processes, delivering critical information and detecting changes in our atmosphere, land, oceans and ice.

Particular emphasis is placed on new data from ESA’s CryoSat ice mission and Swarm, the next mission to be launched in the state-of-the-art series of Earth Explorers.

ESA’s observation satellites have given Europe a leading role in understanding our planet, weather and climate change, providing data and services to a vast community of users.


Space4Careers event, 2010

The exhibition features the new generation of Meteosat and MetOp weather and climate satellites. Visitors can see maps created from satellite information for disaster relief following natural catastrophes.

A special feature focuses on the first in the series of ESA’s Sentinel satellites, part of the EU’s Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security initiative, GMES.

Visitors to the stand can learn more about space-based services provided to aviation by the EGNOS navigation overlay service, operational since March 2011, and about the Galileo satnav constellation, with two satellites already in orbit and two more being launched later this year.

Visitors will also learn how ESA is supporting competitiveness of the satellite telecom industry with Hylas-1, ESA’s first public–private partnership, which has provided broadband services across Europe since 2011, and the upcoming launch of Alphasat, flying on Alphabus, the first European large platform for high-power telecoms satellites.


Rocketry challenge finalists

ESA also develops a wide range of telecom services and applications to provide space solutions in fields such as air traffic management and maritime surveillance efficiently and seamlessly over almost every region of our planet.

New ideas developed for space missions often hold great potential for terrestrial sectors too. ESA’s Business Incubation Centres work to inspire entrepreneurs to turn space-connected business ideas into commercial companies.

Representatives from the ESA incubation centre in Harwell, near Oxford, will be present during trade days from Monday 9 July to Thursday 12 July.

The Space Zone will host a series of high-level events including a dedicated Space Day conference organised and hosted by the UK Space Agency on Tuesday 10 July.

Other events include a conference on careers, Wednesday 11 July, on growth in the space industry on Thursday 12 July and presentations for students on careers in the scientific and technical aerospace sector with ESA astronauts Paolo Nespoli and Tim Peake on Friday 13 July.

ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli mourns his mother

Paolo Nespoli mourns his mother 4 May 2011 ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s mother, Maria, passed away on Monday while he is still serving on the International Space Station. Paolo was notified immediately in a private call, following the preference he expressed before the mission for such an event.


Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, and Thomas Reiter, ESA Director for Human Spaceflight and Operations, contacted Paolo to express ESA’s condolences and assure the Italian astronaut of the Agency’s support during this difficult time. “We all are in our minds very close to Paolo and his family,” said Michel Tognini, former ESA astronaut and Head of the European Astronaut Centre, “and try to give him sufficient strength in space to cope with this difficult situation and overcome this severe personal loss which is already very difficult in normal conditions, but for Paolo being still on the International Space Station it is even harder. “There are probably no words that could relieve this sadness but our thoughts are with Paolo, his family and friends.”

In order to help Paolo cope with the situation, ESA’s flight director and support team have already modified his workload. His return to Earth in a Soyuz spacecraft scheduled for 23 May will not be affected. The funeral is taking place today in Verano Brianza, near Milan, Italy, at 14:30 CEST. Half an hour later, as the Space Station flies over Italy, the crew will stop work and observe a minute’s radio silence.

Thomas Reiter is representing ESA at the funeral, while Italian ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will deliver the condolences of the European Astronaut Corps. Long-stay crewmembers like Paolo Nespoli are given special briefings and training to help them prepare for being away from home on their expeditions. The preparation covers topics such as family support and the deaths of friends or family. Exceptional opportunities for communication are provided to the astronaut, keeping him in daily contact with family and friends.

Anyone interested in expressing their condolences to Paolo can send cards to: Paolo Nespoli ESA – European Astronaut Centre Linder Höhe D-51147 Cologne Germany

or on Twitter: @Astro_Paolo

An unexpected Space travelling companion

17-03-2011 10:42 AM

CET Gardens are always a source of surprises. After three weeks of steady growth in space under the watchful eye of the ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, the baby space plants of the Greenhouse in Space project have found a new – and unexpected – travelling companion.

An unexpected travelling companion

Take a YouTube tour of the ATV with ESA’s Paolo Nespoli

15 March 2011

In response to a YouTube question from José María Ortega Hernández, from Malaga, Spain, Paolo takes on a tour inside the ATV and tells us about the supplies it delivered to the International Space Station. Paolo’s answer on YouTube:

European Astronaut Paolo Nespoli’s MagISStra mission at midway point

15 March 2011

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli is now half way into his six-month mission on the International Space Station. Monday’s handover of command heralds the departure of three crewmembers and the arrival of a new trio in the coming weeks.

ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli

Born on 6 April 1957 in Milan, Italy. His hometown is Verano Brianza, Milan, Italy. Enjoys scuba diving, aircraft piloting, assembly of computer hardware and electronic equipment, computer software.

Credits: ESA – J-L.Atteleyn

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Fasting for science onboard the International Space Station

With almost half of the MagISStra mission behind him, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli has not had much free time on the International Space Station. In addition to his heavy workload, he has been also on a special diet.

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Who is in Space Today? – Shuttle, Station Crews Wrap Up Last Day Together

The Planning Shift of flight controllers in Mission Control, Houston, awakened the crews of space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station at 3:23 a.m. EST with “Spaceship Superstar” by Prism, played for the whole crew.

Today, the 12 crew members will spend their final hours together, transfer some payload science samples from a freezer aboard the station to one on Discovery, say their goodbyes and close the hatches between the spacecraft.

Twelve Crew Members In Space Today – Who are they?

The ISS Crew Members Consist of:

Alexander Kaleri

Scott Kelly

Oleg Skripochka

Paolo Nespoli

Catherine Coleman

Dmitri Kondratiyev

and the STS-133 Crew consists of:

Steven Lindsey

Eric Boe

Alvin Drew

Michael Barratt

Stephen Bowen

Nicole Stott