The training of German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst includes instruction in the use of special spacesuits. The image shows Gerst trying on the Russian Sokol space suit that he will wear during his six-hour flight to the ISS in a Soyuz spacecraft.
German astronaut Alexander Gerst will embark on his six-month mission to the ISS in May 2014. In this image, he is training for future spacewalks.
On 20 November 1998, the first component of the ISS was launched. This 'heavenly' construction began with the Russian Zarya module, a cargo and control module. Today, six astronauts live and work 365 days a year in the space research laboratory. Also on board are numerous experiments supported by scientists at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) or funded by the DLR Space Administration.
The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest artificial object in Earth orbit and is jointly operated by the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency.
The International Space Station (ISS) consists of several accommodation and laboratory modules. On the exterior, robotic arms are installed to facilitate extravehicular activities by the astronauts. Currently, six astronauts are living and working in the orbiting research laboratory.
On-time lift-off of the fourth space transporter, ATV-4 'Albert Einstein', on 5 June 2013 at 23:52 CEST (18:52 local time) on board an Ariane 5ES launch vehicle from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana, bound for the ISS. DLR staff member Thilo Kranz took this photograph of the luminous Ariane in the evening sky over the Atlantic.
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The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is mounted on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS). The instrument, which is partly funded by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), analyses around 16 billion cosmic radiation particles per year.
On 16 May 2011, the Space Shuttle Endeavour carried the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the International Space Station (ISS). The project, partly funded by DLR, was installed on the exterior of the station to capture cosmic radiation with its detectors.
AMS after installation on the International Space Station‘s Starboard Truss. To the right is the docked Space Shuttle Endeavour, which carried AMS into Earth orbit.
In February 2008, the European research module, Columbus, was transported on board a space shuttle to the International Space Station (ISS).
DLR's ROKVISS robotic arm is equipped with four connectors – for heater power, data, power for the arm itself and video data (from right to left in the image). For its transport back to Earth, the astronauts were instructed to cut the cables – to simplify dismantling aboard the ISS.
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DLR's ROKVISS robotic arm has returned to Earth after six years in space. Tests currently being performed at the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics show the system to be functioning as well as it did when new.
On Friday, 8 July 2011 at 11:29 local time (17:29 CEST) the US Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off from its launch site, Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on mission STS-135 to the International Space Station (ISS). This flight of Atlantis marks the end of 30 years of the Space Shuttle Programme. The shuttle is scheduled to return to Earth on 20 July 2011, after 12 days in space.
After assisting with attitude changes required for the docking and undocking of two Soyuz and two Progress spacecraft, the Japanese HTV cargo carrier and two space shuttles, the ATV-2 increased the altitude of the International Space Station (ISS) in a number of manoeuvres. In total, the orbit raising manoeuvres increased the orbit altitude by over 50 kilometres
In February the European space transporter Johannes Kepler delivered 7.1 tons of freight to the International Space Station (ISS). After four months in space, the ATV-2 undocked from the space station on 20 June 2011 and then burned up on re-entering Earth’s atmosphere.
Mission STS-134 is the last flight of the NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour. The space shuttle was completed on 25 April 1991 as a replacement for the Space Shuttle Challenger, which was lost in an accident, and completed its maiden flight on 7 May 1992. She has completed 24 flights so far, the last on 8 February 2010 (STS-130). At that time, Endeavour carried the connection node Tranquility and the Cupola observation deck to the International Space Station.
Resistant spores of bacillus subtilis have spent 22 months in the 'EXPOSE-R' test container outside the International Space Station (ISS). For the first time during a long-duration mission, they were mixed with artificial meteorite dust and exposed to the harsh conditions of outer space. Scientists at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) are now determining precisely how many of these spores have survived their stay in space. If it turns out that the meteorite dust was able to shield the spores from the harsh space environment, it could mean that microorganisms are capable of surviving in meteorites for long periods of time and travelling from one planet to another.
The Robonaut R2 was the seventh crew member aboard the space shuttle Discovery, which set off to the International Space Station on 24 February 2011. R2 had waited patiently for more than four months in the payload bay of Discovery for its launch to the ISS. This robonaut, built by NASA and the U.S. auto giant General Motors will support the work of the astronauts and prove its usefulness on board the ISS. In the meantime, his twin brother (photo) demonstrates his skills in the fesh air. All the same, a decline of R2's "muscle power" under microgravity is not expected.
ATV Jules Verne docked with the International Space Station (ISS) in April 2008. This picture was taken from the Space Shuttle STS 124. The transporter, recognisable due to its X-shaped solar panels, can be seen on the left as an extension of the central axis of the ISS.
Backdropped against a colourful part of Earth, this full view of the International Space Station (ISS) was photographed by a STS-114 crewmember onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery following the undocking of the two spacecraft. Discovery pulled away from the complex at 2:24 a.m. (CDT) on 6 August 2005. Background area includes upper part of the Caspian Sea. The dark area on the lower right (near the Soyuz) is the Volga Delta.
The Space Shuttle Discovery, docked to the Destiny laboratory of International Space Station (ISS), is featured in this image photographed by astronaut Stephen K. Robinson (out of frame), STS-114 mission specialist, during that day’s spacewalk. Astronaut Soichi Noguchi, mission specialist representing Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is partially visible between Discovery’s payload bay and Destiny. The blackness of space and Earth’s horizon formed the backdrop for the image.
Astronauts Steven G. MacLean representing the Canadian Space Agency, and Daniel C. Burbank, both STS-115 mission specialists, participate in the second of three scheduled spacewalks for the Space Shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station crew members as construction resumes on the orbital outpost. The two STS-115 mission specialists are translating along the side of one of the station's trusses.
November 2007: Backdropped by a blue and white Earth, Space Shuttle Discovery is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 16 crewmember after the shuttle undocked from the International Space Station. Earlier the STS-120 and Expedition 16 crews concluded 11 days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 4:32 a.m. (CST) on Nov. 5, 2007. A Russian spacecraft docked to the station is visible at top.
Backdropped by the blackness of space and Earth's horizon, the International Space Station (ISS) is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation. Earlier the STS-120 and Expedition 16 crews concluded 11 days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 4:32 a.m. (CST) on 5 November 2007.
Backdropped by the blackness of space and Earth's horizon, the International Space Station moves away from the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Earlier the STS-117 and Expedition 15 crews concluded about eight days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 9:42 a.m. (CDT) on 19 June 2007. Astronaut Lee Archambault, STS-117 pilot, was at the controls for the departure and fly-around, which gave Atlantis' crew a look at the station's new expanded configuration.
Computer-generated artist's rendering of the Space Shuttle Discovery docked to the International Space Station. This angle shows an intermediate position of the shuttle robotic system during a test of the 50-foot robotic arm boom extension, usually used for remote shuttle Thermal Protection System (TPS) inspections, as a potential work platform for hard-to-reach repair sites on the bottom of the orbiter for Detailed Test Objective (DTO) 849.
Computer-generated scene showing a low-angle medium close view (port-aft) of the International Space Station, after assembly work is completed.
Computer-generated artist’s rendering of the International Space Station (ISS). The light part shows the position of Columbus.