Sigmund Jähn was selected as the first German astronaut in 1976; Alexander Gerst was also born that same year. Today Gerst is just a small step away from outer space: he was appointed to the European Space Agency's (ESA) Astronaut Corps in May 2009. In this interview, the volcanologist speaks about the expectations for his first mission, the fascination with the Moon and his day-to-day life at ESA.
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