Female engineers and scientists are underrepresented in Europe’s aerospace industry. The founder of one firm that recruits experts for the sector hopes to soon see a German astronaut on the International Space Station.
A capsule carrying two US astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut from the International Space Station has landed in Kazakhstan. The two countries, beset by rivalries and tensions, enjoyed a rare moment of common joy.
Japan's ISS astronaut Norishige Kanai has apologized for claiming that he had grown 9 centimeters (3.5 inches) during his first few weeks in space. Kanai said his statement was "fake news" due to a "measurement mistake."
Next year will bring three bright planets, two total lunar eclipses, a new powerful rocket, Alexander Gerst's second term in the ISS, a Mars mission and the launch of Europe's spacecraft to Mercury.
The US president has proposed ending Washington's commitment to the ISS beyond 2024. The leader of the European Space Agency is concerned about the pitfalls of the program falling into the hands of private firms.
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