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'Blue Dot - Shaping the future' - Alexander Gerst's mission to space

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).