ESA Explores

ESA Explores
Go behind the scenes of space exploration and other space topics with this official podcast from the European Space Agency.

Time and Space: the first Europeans in orbit
Sep 16 • 19 min
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…
AstroChat - training for the Space Station
Aug 13 • 20 min
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…
ESA Explores – ESA missions return to science
Jul 20 • 26 min
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…
Luca reflects on a mission E10
Mar 18 • 18 min
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…
Looking beyond Beyond E09
Feb 19 • 18 min
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…
Back to Earth E08
Jan 15 • 20 min
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…
Space celebrations E07
Dec 17, 2019 • 24 min
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…
Italian bonus E02
Dec 10, 2019 • 6 min
ESA explores Beyond: L’ addestramento degli astronauti. Episodio in italiano: Massimiliano Signori e Flavie Rometsch ci parlano dell’ addestramento degli astronauti, ed in particolare cosa imparano al Centro Astronauti Europeo (EAC) a Colonia, ed alcuni…
Fit for space E06
Nov 25, 2019 • 26 min
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano enjoys weight training, swimming, cycling and running – but how does he keep fit while in space. In this episode Ally Koehler chats with ESA exercise team lead Nora Petersen about designing a fitness programme for an astronaut…
Luca spacewalk special E05.1
Nov 11, 2019 • 8 min
The date is set for ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano’s first spacewalk of his Beyond mission. Friday 15 November marks the start of a series of complex spacewalks to service the cosmic-particle-hunting Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02). It is also the…
Spotlight on spacewalking E05
Oct 15, 2019 • 25 min
October is a busy month for spacewalks (EVA) and even more are expected in November. As ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano gets ready to exit the Space Station airlock for a series of complex EVAs to repair particle physics experiment module – the Alpha…
Italian bonus E01
Oct 15, 2019 • 3 min
In questo primo episodio, Antonio Fortunato e Fabio Zecca ci parlano della Stazione Spaziale Internazionale e della seconda missione di Luca Parmitano chiamata Beyond. Potete trovare ulteriori informazioni riguardo Luca e la sua missione in italiano e in…
Trailer in italiano
Sep 19, 2019 • 1 min
ESA Explores èil podcast ufficiale dell’Agenzia Spaziale Europea dedicato alla missione Beyond dell’astronauta Luca Parmitano sulla Stazione Spaziale Internazionale. Restate sintonizzati per ascoltare una serie di episodi bonus in italiano con esperti…
Space Station sounds E04
Sep 16, 2019 • 18 min
The International Space Station is a living, breathing workspace. From the creak of the shell expanding and contracting, to fans in the European Columbus module, caution and warning tones and musical events – Ally Koehler, Stephen Ennis and Serena Bertone…
Space Station science E03
Aug 16, 2019 • 20 min
The International Space Station is a unique microgravity laboratory, allowing us to carry out science and research that wouldn’t be possible on Earth. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano will support over 50 European experiments during his Beyond mission to the…
Beyond Series - Launch traditions E02
Jul 14, 2019 • 22 min
The lead-up to a launch to the International Space Station is steeped in tradition. In this episode, hosts Ally Koehler and Stephen Ennis chat with ESA head of crew support Romain Charles and Luca himself about what is in store for the crew ahead of…
Luca and Beyond E01
Jun 19, 2019 • 20 min
In the very first episode of ESA Explores we chat to ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano about his upcoming second mission to the International Space Station – Beyond. Luca’s first mission, Volare in 2013, saw him spend 166 days onboard the Space Station where…
May 15, 2019 • 1 min
Go behind the scenes of space exploration with this official podcast from the European Space Agency. This upcoming series focuses on ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano’s Beyond mission to the International Space Station.