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.
Even before its scientific use on the International Space Station (ISS), a stubborn bolt and complex assembly tasks in space made the Electromagnetic Levitator (EML) a particularly challenging experiment.
German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is back on Earth after spending five and a half months in space. The 38-year-old geophysicist and flight engineer landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan roughly 100 kilometres from the city of Arkalyk at 04:58 CET (09:58 local time) on 10 November 2014 after a three and a half hour return journey on board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.