At 21:57 CEST on 28 May 2014, German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, en route to the International Space Station (ISS). He was the third German to live and work on board the ISS. During his mission, which lasted 165 days, Alexander Gerst was involved in 100 different experiments from the various ISS partners.
The images acquired during the Bluedot mission are available in our image gallery.
On 10 November 2014, after a three-and-a-half hour journey on board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, Alexander Gerst landed on the Kazakh steppe at 4:58 CET (9:58 local time).
Images from Alexander Gerst's 'Blue Dot - Shaping the future' mission.
In this new blog, the staff at the Columbus Control Centre aim to use their expertise and take you behind the scenes of Alexander Gerst's 'Blue Dot' mission. In this context, they will pick interesting topics related to the ISS, the European Columbus research laboratory and space in general, as well as report on current developments.
News Archive including all DLR articles about the "Blue Dot" mission.
The environmental conditions on board the International Space Station ISS are strictly controlled; there are only very slight variations in temperature, humidity, air pressure and light intensity.
The final farewell; Georges Lemaître, the fifth and last European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) performed a controlled re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere and burned up at around 19:00 CET on 15 February. Its task had been to transport supplies and experiments to the International Space Station (ISS) and to raise and adjust the International Space Station ISS orbit. The era of ATV space transporters has now drawn to a close with its retirement from service – but the expertise gained during their development and operation will live on as part of the European service module fitted to the United States Orion space capsule.