ESA Explores

ESA Explores

European Space Agency
ESA Explores: agency heads look forward to the Moon
Dec 02, 2020 29 min

ESA Explores: agency heads look forward to the Moon

ESA Director General Jan Wörner and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine sit down with hosts Ally Koehler and Stephen Ennis to talk about collaboration and the future of space exploration – including a new space station around the Moon. This episode was recorded just ahead of the 20 year anniversary of humans living and working on the International Space Station on 2 November 2020. Please note, there are some issues with audio quality due to the nature of recording remotely during a pandemic. We hope these don't detract from your listening experience. Enjoy!
Time and space: ESA's first astronaut
Nov 25, 2020 23 min

Time and space: ESA's first astronaut

In this episode of our ESA Explores Time and Space series we chat with the first ESA astronaut to fly to space, physicist Ulf Merbold. Ulf flew on the 9th flight of NASA's Space Shuttle programme and the first flight of European-built Spacelab in 1983. As the first west German to fly to space, he talks us through his experiences – including his relationship with the late Sigmund Jähn, what life was like as first non-US citizen on a NASA spacecraft and how the astronauts and cosmonauts he worked with became like family through the years. Additional content: Find out more about Ulf here: https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Astronauts/Ulf_Merbold Watch the NASA/ESA Spacelab documentary here: https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/Undated/Spacelab_-_A_New_Direction#.X70FccAUHCs.link NASA Public Affairs Officer Lori Meggs talks about the 30th anniversary of the Spacelab programme with former Marshall Space Flight Center Deputy Director Teresa Vanhooser here: https://youtu.be/5ukl5ySa6ZA
Time and space: building a Spacelab
Oct 21, 2020 19 min

Time and space: building a Spacelab

One of the first engineers to work on Spacelab Alan Thirkettle talks hosts Ally and Stephen through the unexpected challenges and memorable moments of building a science laboratory for space. This unique European-built research facility flew inside NASA's Space Shuttle. It enabled the first flight of a non-American astronaut on a NASA spacecraft in 1983. It also paved the way for ESA's current laboratory on the International Space Station and the future of research in space. Related watching: Spacelab - a new directionhttps://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Videos/Undated/Spacelab_-_A_New_Direction#.X5AEwxB0wGw.link
Time and Space: the first Europeans in orbit
Sep 16, 2020 19 min

Time and Space: the first Europeans in orbit

In episode one of ESA Explores Time and Space, we explore the early days of Soviet spaceflight in conversation with Romania's first cosmonaut Dorin Prunariu. Dorin was one of 11 Europeans to fly under Russia's Interkosmos programme. In 1978, this programme saw the first European - Czech cosmonaut Vladimir Remek - become the first non-Russian or American to fly to space. Interview with Dorin starts at 05:17.
AstroChat - training for the Space Station
Aug 14, 2020 20 min

AstroChat - training for the Space Station

ESA astronauts Thomas Pesquet and Matthias Maurer take the time to chat while training for upcoming missions to the International Space Station missions at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, USA. This audio was originally a four-part video series filmed in June 2020. You can watch the full series on ESA's YouTube channel.
ESA Explores – ESA missions return to science
Jul 20, 2020 26 min

ESA Explores – ESA missions return to science

After a brief shutdown of science instruments and a period in ‘safe standby’, ESA’s planetary missions are getting back to what they do best – gathering science data from around the Solar System. Paolo Ferri, Head of Mission Operations at ESA’s mission control centre in Germany, and Markus Kissler-Patig, Head of Science and Operations at the Agency’s ESAC Astronomy Centre in Spain discuss the extraordinary and challenging times facing teams on the ground, the return to science for four key missions, and what it's like to make key decisions about the safety of their workforce and Europe’s fleet of space explorers in light of a global pandemic. This podcast episode was originally released in April 2020.
Beyond Series – Luca reflects on a mission E10
Mar 18, 2020 18 min

Beyond Series – Luca reflects on a mission E10

Just a short time after returning from 201 days in orbit on the International Space Station, Ally Koehler talks with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano about his Beyond mission and life back on the ground. In this episode, Luca talks about everything from what had changed on the Station since his last mission and the infamous AMS-02 spacewalks, to what it's like to be separated from his crew mates and whether he dreams of space. Towards the end of the episode, he also touches on how astronauts deal with the risk of colds and flu on the Space Station as he answers questions submitted on Twitter.
Beyond Series – Looking beyond Beyond E09
Feb 19, 2020 18 min

Beyond Series – Looking beyond Beyond E09

Dr Aidan Cowley is a science advisor at ESA working with students and researchers on low technology readiness level projects that could shape the way we go forward to the Moon. In this episode, he talks about a few of those projects, the value of humans in space exploration and an alternative use for your kitchen microwave. Next episode will feature a full length interview with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano just over one week since he returned from the International Space Station. Listen to the end for a sneak preview of this interview and subscribe to stay up-to-date.
Beyond Series – Back to Earth E08
Jan 15, 2020 20 min

Beyond Series – Back to Earth E08

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is coming to the end of his six month Beyond mission on the International Space Station. In this episode, hosts Ally Koehler and Stephen Ennis reflect on a few mission highlights and interview ESA flight surgeon Maybritt Kuypers about the challenges of returning an astronaut to Europe.
Beyond Series – Space celebrations E07
Dec 17, 2019 24 min

Beyond Series – Space celebrations E07

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet was launched to the International Space Station for his Proxima mission in November 2016. Having spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Orthodox Christmas and Orthodox New Year's as well as his birthday in orbit, he knows a thing or two about how astronauts mark significant occasions in space. In this episode Thomas and BME/Eurocom coordinator for ESA Andgie Boyd discuss how and when astronauts celebrate and shed light on how a saxophone made it to space.