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ESA Human and Robotic Exploration


  1. ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is gearing up to guide NASA astronauts Anne McClain and Nick Hague from his post at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA, this Friday 22 March as they exit the International Space Station and step out into space.


  2. Test subjects in Cologne, Germany will take to their beds for 60 days from 25 March as part of a groundbreaking study, funded by European Space Agency ESA and US space agency NASA, into how artificial gravity could help astronauts stay healthy in space.


  3. The crew on board the International Space Station has doubled in size. For the first time since NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev left the Station in October 2018, the number of crew members is back at six and there is plenty of action ahead.


  4. Assembly of a new habitable structure near the Moon, known as the Gateway, is scheduled to begin in 2023. The international project will allow humans to explore farther than ever before and it brings new opportunities for European design in space.