German astronauts and their missions
In May 2009 Alexander Gerst was presented as one of six new ESA astronauts, overcoming stiff competition by 8,413 applicants from 20 member states. After completing his two-year basic training at the Russian space corporation Rocosmos in Moscow and graduating from the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, he was appointed to become the third German astronaut to visit the International Space Station (ISS).
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Alexander Gerst

In May 2009 Alexander Gerst was presented as one of six new ESA astronauts, overcoming stiff competition by 8,413 applicants from 20 member states. After completing his two-year basic training at the Russian space corporation Rocosmos in Moscow and graduating from the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, he was appointed to become the third German astronaut to visit the International Space Station (ISS).

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