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Back to the lab
14-03-2017 07:00 PM CET

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Back to the lab

Human Spaceflight image of the week:

ESA astronauts Pedro Duque (right) and Matthias Maurer (left) are in Edinburgh, UK, for the third session of the Pangaea geology course for astronauts.

The course provides astronauts with practical knowledge of Earth and planetary geology to prepare them to become effective partners of planetary scientists and engineers in designing the next exploration missions.

After classroom lessons on planetary geology in Bressanone, Italy, and field work in the Canary Islands’ Lanzarote, the third and final session sees the astronauts in Edinburgh to learn about microorganisms and where best to look for signs of life.

Together with Charles Cockell, head of the UK centre of Astrobiology, they are studying colonies of Chroococcidiopsis from the Negev desert in Israel. The bacteria were flown into space and attached to the exterior of the International Space Station in ESA’s Expose facility. After spending over a year orbiting Earth in the harsh vacuum of space, they were returned for analysis.

Knowing how life survives and adapts to harsh environments will help astronauts to communicate with geologists on the ground and better manage their time exploring planets on future missions.

Follow the Pangaea course on Twitter via ESA_CAVES and hashtag Pangaea, or on the blog blogs. Background information is available here .

Credit:ESA-S.Sechi

Long exposure from ISS
14-03-2017 02:11 PM CET

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Long exposure from ISS

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is spending six months on the International Space Station on his Proxima mission. In his free time, like many astronauts, he enjoys looking out of the Cupola windows at Earth. This is a 30 second exposure shot of Earth in honour of Don Pettit.

Credits: ESA/NASA

Cote d Azur collage
14-03-2017 02:09 PM CET

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Cote d Azur collage

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet is spending six months on the International Space Station on his Proxima mission. In his free time, like many astronauts, he enjoys looking out of the Cupola windows at Earth. This collage shows the Côte d’Azur in France.

Thomas asked to have the series of highly zoomed pictures aligned into this mosaic to show the city in detail. The Station flies at roughly 400 km altitude so Thomas used the longest lens available onboard: 1150 mm.

On the ground, the images were digitally rotated and assembled into this large collage. Download the high-resolution versions to zoom in and explore.

Credit: ESA

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