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Die Mission "Blue Dot" von Alexander Gerst: Die Zukunft gestalten
Am 28. Mai 2014 startete der 38-Jährige deutsche ESA-Astronaut Alexander Gerst um 21.57 Uhr (Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit) an Bord einer Sojus-Kapsel zur Internationalen Raumstation ISS. Sechs Stunden nach dem Start vom Weltraumbahnhof Baikonur in Kasachstan dockte er mit seinen Kollegen, dem amerikanischen Astronauten Reid Wiseman und dem russischen Kosmonauten Maxim Suraev, an dem Forschungslabor im All an.
Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)
The German Space Operations Center in Oberpfaffenhofen supported with its ground infrastructure the planned ESA ATV-missions.
The duration of the SRTM mission was 11 days. The orbit inclination with repect to the equator was 57°. With this inclination the shuttle could fly over all areas between 60° northern and 58° southern latitude.
Mir '97 was a German initiative funded by the German research ministery (BMBF) and managed by DARA-agency. A German astronaut stayed on board of the MIR for 18 days. Mission objectives were the continuation of science programs from previous MIR missions with German and/or European participation, reusing already available on-board experiments as well as new experiments.
The second ESA mission on board the MIR station was the first long-term mission (179 days and extravehicular activities of the European astronaut) with a variety of experiments in the fields of Microgravity, Technology and Space Science and improved data transfer to the Experimenters.
The first ESA mission on board the MIR station is carried out as a Columbus precursor mission for preparing Experimenters and the Ground Segment for the Columbus era. Under ESA contract DLR was responsible for procedure development support, crew training support, simulation support.
MIR 92, 92E
DLR performed all tasks of in orbit payload operations and for astronaut employment during the flight of a German astronaut on-board of the Russian MIR-Station in 1992.
D-2 was the second Spacelab (SL) mission under German mission management in the year 1993. Payload co-ordination and control was performed from GSOC as a Payload Operation Control Centre (POCC).
D1 stands for the first Spacelab (SL) mission under German mission management and responsibility. The complete payload was controlled for the first time from outside the NASA centres by GSOC, acting as Payload Operation Control Centre (POCC). D1 was a multi-disciplinary mission with more than 70 experiments covering the fields of material- and life-sciences, navigation, communication and technology flown in 1985.
FSLP stands for "First Spacelab Payload". It was the first international flight of the Spacelab performed in 1983. FSLP was a multi-disciplinary mission covering the fields of materials and life science as well as earth observation, atmospheric physics, and technology.
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