ESA – European Space Agency
ESA celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February 2023) and highlights the story of the first all-female Systems Team in ESA’s Concurrent Design Facility, the place where ideas for new space missions, systems and structures take definite shape.
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Britain’s Tim Peake retires from European astronaut corps (20 January 2023 – BBC es)
“Being an Esa astronaut has been the most extraordinary experience,” Tim Peake said.
“I have had the privilege of working with an exceptional team of dedicated individuals during the past 13 years with the agency, which has been incredibly exciting and rewarding.
“By assuming the role of an ambassador for human spaceflight, I shall continue to support Esa and the UK Space Agency, with a focus on educational outreach, and I look forward to the many exciting opportunities ahead.”
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Did you know that official patches have been worn by astronauts since 1965?
Shaun’s patch is bordered in ESA Deep Space blue, with a red inner ring representing ESA’s Science & Exploration. Shaun is seen examining the Moon and his inspirational motto for this mission, ‘Reach for the staaars’. The stars in the background represent all his friends on Earth.
European human spaceflight patches
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World Space Week 2021 celebrates “Women in Space”!
Join thousands of participants in over 90 countries, October 4-10 2021, celebrating accomplishments and contributions of women to the space sector and sciences.
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Dr. Fatima Ebrahimi, who works for the US Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has invented a new fusion rocket that could one day take humans to Mars.
The device uses magnetic fields to shoot plasma particles from the back of the rocket and propel the craft through space.
Using magnetic fields allows scientists to tailor the amount of thrust for a particular mission and astronauts change the amount of thrust while piloting to distant worlds.
Ebrahimi’s innovation would also take astronauts to the Red Planet 10 times faster than current rocket thrusters that use electric fields to propel the particles.
“I’ve been cooking this concept for a while”, said Ebrahimi.
“I had the idea in 2017 while sitting on a deck and thinking about the similarities between a car’s exhaust and the high-velocity exhaust particles.”
Space and the ISS
Astronaut Kate Rubins, Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov:
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Mary Golda Ross (August 1908 – April 2008) Lived to age 99
Described as another ‘hidden figure’ you can read an article here, on the NASA website. Also read more on Wikipedia, here.
As a mathematician and engineer, she wrote a number of professional and theoretical works and was one of the authors of the NASA Planetary Flight Handbook Vol. III, about space travel to Mars and Venus.