'Horizons' is the name of German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst's next mission. He will take part in expedition 56/57, his second 'research voyage' to the International Space Station ISS, in June 2018. After the Belgian ESA astronaut, Frank de Winne, Gerst will be the second European to be commander of the ISS.
Alexander Gerst will remain in orbit, at an altitude of almost 400 kilometres, for six months. The name 'Horizons' symbolises the curiosity and fascination of exploring and researching the unknown.
German universities and research institutions, German companies and DLR as a research centre will contribute approximately 35 experiments to the Horizons mission. Here, the planned range of topics extends from biological and medical experiments, to research topics from the fields of (astro)-physics and material sciences. They also include technology demonstrations, an education programme for children and adolescents, and industrially or commercially-motivated applications.