• Question: After Tim's mission, what do you think the ESA should focus on?

    Asked by spacefan226 to Andrea, Charlie 🚀, Col Op, Kirsty, Vinita on 13 Jun 2016. This question was also asked by 643tch48.
    • Photo: Kirsty Lindsay

      Kirsty Lindsay answered on 13 Jun 2016:

      This a really hard question because there is so much interesting stuff going on with ESA- from mission exploring other worlds like JUICE going to Jupiter’s Icy Moons to looking at lasers with LISA Pathfinder to other manned missions with Thomas Pesquet and Paolo Nespoli.

      I think I’d like them to focus on manned missions to other planets and what is going to replace ISS in 2024.

    • Photo: Andrea Boyd

      Andrea Boyd answered on 16 Jun 2016:

      In the ISS Flight Control we will continue doing European Science, facilitated by NASA and JAXA crew in Columbus. Then in November ESA Astronaut Thomas will launch to the ISS for a 6month mission so we are also busy preparing for that. Next year ESA Astronaut Paolo will launch to ISS for 6months and in 2018 ESA Astronaut Alex will launch to ISS and spend 6months as the ISS Commander!

      Overall in ESA we have a ***ton*** (actually several hundred tonnes) of space science and engineering happening: Check it out at http://www.esa.int/ESA_in_your_country/United_Kingdom