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Moon and Mars on a plane

Zero G Airbus A310

Who wouldn’t want to run an experiment in lunar or martian gravity? ESA is offering European researchers the chance to test their theories on aircraft flights that offer 20 seconds of reduced gravity.

“Partial-gravity flights are rare and offer a unique opportunity to conduct research in conditions that have only been reproduced a handful of times,” notes ESA’s head of human research, Jennifer Ngo-Anh.

Narrated 3D tour of the International Space Station

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This 16-minute narrated tour of the International Space Station shows all the modules of humankind’s weightless laboratory orbiting Earth 400 km above.

The video is available in English, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish and French and is shown to visitors at ESA’s technical heart ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

NOTE: We have noticed that the 3D does not work well on all browsers. It seems it works best with FireFox vr. 46. IE & Chrome have issues with the 3D.

Lunar Ice Drill

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A drill designed to penetrate 1–2 m into the lunar surface is envisaged by ESA to fly to the Moon’s south pole on Russia’s Luna-27 lander in 2020.

“It is an essential part of a science and exploration package being developed to reach, extract and analyse samples from beneath the surface in the Moon’s south polar region,” explains lunar exploration systems engineer Richard Fisackerly.

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