It is 11 meters long and has an even longer history: ERA (European Robotic Arm), developed and built by ESA, launched to the ISS with the Russian multipurpose laboratory module NAUKA. Its journey from idea to space underscores one more time: space is hard and it can take a long time to get there. Let’s take a look at this arm’s journey into space.
When the officially uncrewed CRS SpX-22 launched on June 3rd, 2021, it had some very special passengers on board that will help us understand the impact microgravity has on our microbiome, on how our bodies interact with those microbes that we have a beneficial relationship with. So, this very special passenger will play a small role in helping human spaceflight to Mars and beyond.
ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet: on his second mission to the ISS, he again brings dinner for the stars
On 10 September 2020 an asteroid missed our planet by 40 million kilometers, more than 100 times the distance between Earth and the Moon. It was detected only very recently by amateur astronomer Leonardo Amaral of the Campo dos Amarais observatory in Brazil. To quote Planetary Society’s Chief scientist Bruce Betts: “the fact that this […]
Mars Missions 2020 This year will see four missions launching to Mars. The timing is of course dictated by the orbits of Mars and Earth in relation to another, which open a good launch window every two years. But the number also shows how space exploration has become a global affaire instead of one conducted […]