ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 - 11:45AM
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 - 11:45AM
ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

ESA is usually a notoriously private organization, preferring to play their cards close to the vest. But in 2012, they allowed photographer Edgar Martins the rare opportunity to explore their research facilities, a visit which culminated in his remarkable volume of photographs, Edgar Martins: The Rehearsal of Space and the Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite. Now, for those of you who haven't purchased the book, ESA has released a series of these rare photographs that beautifully depict ESA's space travel equipment and facilities.

 

ESA described the series by Martins as follows:

 

Characteristically empty of people, Martins' long-exposure photos – taken with analogue wide film cameras – possess a stark, reverent style. They document the variety of specialised installations and equipment needed to prepare missions for space, or to recreate orbital conditions for testing down on Earth.

 

Interior of Large Space Simulator vacuum chamber: 

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Moon rock of volcanic origin found by Eugene Cernan of Apollo 17 in 1972, and on loan from NASA at Space Expo, Noordwijk, for the past 10 years:

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Astronauts' dressing room, where the Sokol spacesuits are stored: 

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Horn of Acoustic Test Facility:

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Cabling used during testing of ESA's BepiColombo spacecraft:

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Aluminium Honeycomb Assembly, Material and Components Laboratory:

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Entrance to Compact Payload Test Range for antenna testing: 

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Helmet of a SCAPE suit used by the propulsion crew during spacecraft fuelling operations: 

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) – thermal insulation used on spacecraft, Material and Components Laboratory:

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Columbus Training Simulator: 

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Assembly of the Near InfraRed Spectrograph (NIRSpec) instrument, one of four instruments on the ESA-NASA James Webb Space Telescope:

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Mockup of Node 2 or Harmony (the 'utility module' of the International Space Station) in the Erasmus high bay:

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

S5 payload preparation complex – spacecraft fueling bay:

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Space glove:

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Stainless steel refector, Material and Components Laboratory:

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

 

Mobile gantry for the Vega launcher, seen from below:

ESA Releases Iconic Photographs from Highly Secretive Research Facilities

[Credit: ESA/Edgar Martins]

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