This collection of short animations introduce us to Paxi, the alien explorer and European Space Agency mascot. Paxi introduces himself, then explores the Solar System, investigates comets and looks at how scientists aim to find out if there is evidence for life on Mars. These animations are a great introduction to learning about space and ESA missions in a way that is accessible to children.

They have been produced by the European Space Agency, (ESA). 

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Who is Paxi?

In this short animation Paxi, the ESA mascot, introduces himself explaining where he comes from. Once able to fly his spaceship was able to explore and takes us around space, before finding Earth. He compares features of the Earth to his home planet looking at similarities and differences.

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Rosetta and Comets

This animation features Paxi, the European Space Agency mascot, following Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the comet that was followed by the Rosetta spacecraft in 2014/15. Paxi explains how comets orbit the Sun and what happens as they approach it. Paxi shows how Rosetta can take pictures of the comet and...

Do Martians exist?

This animated film joins the alien, Paxi, as he investigates the possibility of life on Mars. Looking at the characteristics of living things, he compares them to non-living things. He also looks at microscopic life and how this may be the kind of life that could be found on Mars. Paxi then considers how...

The Red Planet

In this short animation Paxi, the ESA mascot, explores the Red Planet telling us about past missions and what they have told us about Mars. He travels above the surface pointing out features of the planet and how future missions will search for evidence of life.

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