ESA astronauts have to train with all International Space Station partners: we often see images of them training at Star City in Russia or in Houston, in the US, but they also have to go to Japan during the preparations for their mission.
ESA astronauts Alexander Gerst and Samantha Cristoforetti were recently in Tsukuba, at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Centre.
ESA astronauts training for ISS
ESA astronaut Tim Peake training in Japan
Samantha Cristoforetti: Final preparations
Four ESA astronauts training at Star City
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