During a family-friendly open night, author John O’Sullivan, discusses his new book, In the Footsteps of Columbus, European Missions to the International Space Station and displays a sample of his extensive Space Mission Patch Collection.
The European Space Agency has a long history of human spaceflight.
This book tells the story of the ESA astronauts who have visited the ISS over its first decade and how they have lived on board, helped construct the space laboratory and performed valuable scientific experiments.
ESA has contributed the Columbus science laboratory as well as the Copula, the Leonardo PMM and the ATV supply ship to the station’s infrastructure but it is the human endeavour that captures the imagination. From brief visits to six month expeditions, from spacewalking to commanding the Earth’s only outpost in space, ESA astronauts have played a vital role in the international project.