We continue our series with countries around the world in this episode as we feature the European Space Agency (ESA). Joining us for this interview is Günther Hasinger, the director of science for ESA. Günther was born in Germany and earned his PhD in astronomy, later becoming a professor, researcher and author. He is the author of an award-winning book called Astronomy’s Limitless Journey: A Guide to Understanding the Universe, and the winner of the Wilhelm Foerster Prize for public dissemination of science.

In this interview we review several current and upcoming missions for ESA including Solar Orbiter, and its recent high-res images of the Sun from its first close approach this summer. Other missions discussed include Cheops (searching for exoplanets), BepiColumbo (Mercury Mission), and an extensive discussion on ExoMars and the upcoming 2022 launch of the Rosalind Franklin Rover, the first rover designed by ESA for Mars.

For more information, visit https://esa.int

Special thanks to Laen August of Alpha Control: A Lost in Space Podcast (https://alphacontrolpodcast.libsyn.com/website) for sharing his space journey in this episode!

Video & images Courtesy of ESA, NASA & SpaceX http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/igo/

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