‘Space selfie’ by Matthias Maurer

‘Space self­ie’ by Matthias Mau­r­er

April 4, 2022  ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er took this ‘space self­ie’ dur­ing his al­most sev­en-hour (6 hours and 54 min­utes) ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty on 23 March 2022, dur­ing which he al­so in­stalled elec­tron­ic com­po­nents.


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Matthias Maurer at the airlock

Matthias Mau­r­er at the air­lock

April 4, 2022  The Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his 23 March 2022 ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty, dur­ing which he in­stalled elec­tron­ic com­po­nents and ther­mal equip­ment. The pic­ture shows him at the air­lock of the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion ISS.


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'Space selfie' by Matthias Maurer

'Space self­ie' by Matthias Mau­r­er

April 4, 2022  ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er took this 'space self­ie' dur­ing his al­most sev­en-hour (6 hours and 54 min­utes) ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty on 23 March 2022, dur­ing which he al­so in­stalled elec­tron­ic com­po­nents.


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Matthias Maurer during his extravehicular activity

Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty

April 4, 2022  The Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his 23 March 2022 ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty, dur­ing which he in­stalled elec­tron­ic com­po­nents and ther­mal equip­ment.


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Matthias Maurer during his extravehicular activity

Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty

April 4, 2022  The Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his 23 March 2022 ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty, dur­ing which he in­stalled elec­tron­ic com­po­nents and ther­mal equip­ment. This im­age shows him on the truss struc­ture of the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS).


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Matthias Maurer during his extravehicular activity

Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty

April 4, 2022  The Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his 23 March 2022 ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty, dur­ing which he in­stalled elec­tron­ic com­po­nents and ther­mal equip­ment. This im­age shows him on the truss struc­ture of the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS).


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Matthias Maurer during his extravehicular activity

Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty

April 4, 2022  The Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his 23 March 2022 ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty, dur­ing which he in­stalled elec­tron­ic com­po­nents and ther­mal equip­ment. This im­age shows him on the truss struc­ture of the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS).


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Matthias Maurer during his extravehicular activity

Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty

April 4, 2022  The Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his 23 March 2022 ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ty, dur­ing which he in­stalled elec­tron­ic com­po­nents and ther­mal equip­ment. This im­age shows him on the truss struc­ture of the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS).


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ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer

ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er

September 8, 2021  Of­fi­cial por­trait of ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er wear­ing NASA's Ex­trave­hic­u­lar Mo­bil­i­ty Unit (EMU) space­suit ahead of his Cos­mic Kiss mis­sion to the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS). This space­suit is worn by as­tro­nauts dur­ing US space­walks out­side the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion.


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Hand-in-hand in the Cupola module

Hand-in-hand in the Cupo­la mod­ule

January 14, 2022  Matthias Mau­r­er with the 10-me­tre-long strip of pic­tures show­ing some of the ‘class self­ies’ drawn by chil­dren from all over Ger­many. In keep­ing with the ti­tle of this DLR cam­paign – ‘Hand-in-hand around the world’ – the ESA as­tro­naut un­furled the tex­tile ban­ner in the Cupo­la mod­ule (shown here), which of­fers a par­tic­u­lar­ly good view of Earth through its large win­dows.


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Touching Surfaces – tracking down microbial contamination on the ISS

Touch­ing Sur­faces – track­ing down mi­cro­bial con­tam­i­na­tion on the ISS

December 5, 2021  For the Touch­ing Sur­faces ex­per­i­ment, Matthias Mau­r­er ex­am­ined and test­ed new types of sur­faces for their an­timi­cro­bial ef­fec­tive­ness un­der space con­di­tions. Long-term stays of as­tro­nauts in a space sta­tion lead to the de­vel­op­ment of mi­croflo­ra from the mi­croor­gan­isms car­ried on board, which can im­pact the health of the crew.


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Weightless squats in an EMS suit

Weight­less squats in an EMS suit

December 22, 2021  Matthias Mau­r­er trains in an EMS suit with the Ad­vanced Re­sis­tive Ex­er­cise De­vice (ARED) on the ISS. The spe­cial train­ing de­vice strength­ens the mus­cles, bones and en­durance of the as­tro­nauts on the ISS. In the pic­ture: Matthias Mau­r­er does squats in the so-called squat train­ing.


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Live video call from Matthias Maurer

ARISS call from Matthias Mau­r­er

December 10, 2021  ARISS (Am­a­teur Ra­dio on the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion) call with pupils from five schools in the Braun­schweig area, who can ask their ques­tions di­rect­ly to ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er on the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion ISS.


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MetabolicSpace – training during an experiment

Metabol­ic­Space – train­ing dur­ing an ex­per­i­ment

December 5, 2021  While Matthias Mau­r­er trains on the CE­VIS sports de­vice, he wears a mask for res­pi­ra­to­ry gas anal­y­sis with the Ger­man ex­per­i­ment Metabol­ic­Space. The new wire­less de­vice mea­sures cer­tain pa­ram­e­ters in the as­tro­nauts’ ex­haled breath. This makes it pos­si­ble to mon­i­tor the train­ing with­out hin­der­ing the as­tro­naut. At the same time, im­por­tant da­ta on per­for­mance and metabolism can be ob­tained.


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Hand-in-hand around the world

Hand-in-hand around the world

October 4, 2021  In­spir­ing young re­searchers is a top pri­or­i­ty for Matthias Mau­r­er’s Cos­mic Kiss mis­sion. The ‘Hand-in-hand around the world’ ini­tia­tive ex­em­pli­fies this aim. Over 1000 pupils par­tic­i­pat­ed in DLR’s in­ter­ac­tive cam­paign for pri­ma­ry schools from and cre­at­ed self-por­traits – the ‘class self­ies’. When put to­geth­er, the por­traits form a hu­man chain on a 10-me­tre-long tex­tile strip. This pho­to shows Matthias Mau­r­er prepar­ing for the mis­sion on Earth.


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Thermo-Mini and DOSIS 3D Mini – one astronaut, two experiments

Ther­mo-Mi­ni and DO­SIS 3D Mi­ni – one as­tro­naut, two ex­per­i­ments

December 5, 2021  Dur­ing the Ther­mo-Mi­ni ex­per­i­ment, Matthias Mau­r­er wears a tiny tem­per­a­ture sen­sor in a head­band to study the change in body tem­per­a­ture and cir­ca­di­an rhythms dur­ing long-term stays in space. His core body tem­per­a­ture is mea­sured dur­ing his nor­mal work – for ex­am­ple, when at­tach­ing the ra­di­a­tion sen­sors for the Ger­man ex­per­i­ment DO­SIS 3D Mi­ni. Here, Matthias Mau­r­er has al­ready at­tached all the sen­sors in the Eu­ro­pean Colum­bus mod­ule as well as in the con­nect­ing nodes Node 1 and Node 3 and in the Cupo­la ob­ser­va­tion mod­ule. The small mea­sur­ing de­vices will be used to anal­yse ra­di­a­tion ex­po­sure in­side the ISS.


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Matthias Maurer will fly to the ISS in autumn 2021

Matthias Mau­r­er will fly to the ISS in au­tumn 2021

December 17, 2020  In au­tumn 2021, Matthias Mau­r­er will be­come the lat­est Ger­man as­tro­naut from the Eu­ro­pean Space Agen­cy (ESA) to fly to the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS). This was con­firmed at an in­ter­na­tion­al con­fer­ence held by NASA, ESA, Roscos­mos and JAXA on 14 De­cem­ber 2020.


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‘Cosmic Kiss’ – a declaration of love for space

‘Cos­mic Kiss’ – a dec­la­ra­tion of love for space

December 17, 2020  Matthias Mau­r­er was in­spired by the Ne­bra Sky Disc, the old­est re­al­is­tic de­pic­tion of our night sky, and the ‘Pi­o­neer Plaques’ and ‘Voy­ager Gold­en Records’ for the de­sign of his ‘Cos­mic Kiss’ mis­sion patch. The lat­ter were da­ta stor­age de­vices bear­ing knowl­edge about hu­mankind that were sent out in­to the Uni­verse on the US Pi­o­neer and Voy­ager space­craft. The mis­sion patch fea­tures spe­cif­ic cos­mic el­e­ments such as Earth, the Moon and the Pleiades star clus­ter, along­side Mars as a des­ti­na­tion for ex­plo­ration in the com­ing decade. The In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS) is shown in the shape of a heart, rep­re­sent­ing the hu­man heart­beat be­tween Earth and the Moon.


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ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer

ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er

September 8, 2021  Of­fi­cial por­trait of ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er wear­ing NASA's Ex­trave­hic­u­lar Mo­bil­i­ty Unit (EMU) space­suit ahead of his Cos­mic Kiss mis­sion to the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS). This space­suit is worn by as­tro­nauts dur­ing US space­walks out­side the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion.


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Crew-3 at Hangar 39A

Crew-3 at Hangar 39A

October 31, 2021  (From left to right) Crew-3 as­tro­nauts Kay­la Bar­ron, Ra­ja Chari, Tom Marsh­burn and Matthias Mau­r­er in the SpaceX hangar at NASA's Kennedy Space Cen­ter in Flori­da, USA where their Crew Drag­on space­craft En­durance is ready for launch to the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS).


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Launch of SpaceX-Dragon with Crew-3

Launch of SpaceX-Drag­on with Crew-3

November 11, 2021  On 10 Novem­ber 2021 at 21:03 lo­cal time (11 Novem­ber 2021, 03:03 CET), Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er launched from the Kennedy Space Cen­ter in Flori­da to the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS) aboard a SpaceX Drag­on space cap­sule.


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Official portrait of the SpaceX Crew-3

Of­fi­cial por­trait of the SpaceX Crew-3

September 6, 2021  The of­fi­cial crew por­trait of the SpaceX Crew-3 mis­sion. From left: Com­man­der Ra­ja Chari and Pi­lot Thomas Mash­burn, both NASA as­tro­nauts, Mis­sion Spe­cial­ist Matthias Mau­r­er from ESA (Eu­ro­pean Space Agen­cy) and Mis­sion Spe­cial­ist Kay­la Bar­ron from NASA.


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ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer

ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er

September 8, 2021  Of­fi­cial por­trait of ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er wear­ing NASA's Ex­trave­hic­u­lar Mo­bil­i­ty Unit (EMU) space­suit ahead of his Cos­mic Kiss mis­sion to the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS). This space­suit is worn by as­tro­nauts dur­ing US space­walks out­side the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion.


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Matthias Maurer in the spacesuit

Matthias Mau­r­er in the space­suit

August 13, 2021  ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er in NASA's Ex­trave­hic­u­lar Mo­bil­i­ty Unit (EMU). As­tro­nauts wear this space­suit dur­ing their ex­trave­hic­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties out­side the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS).


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German ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer beside FLUMIAS

Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er be­side FLU­MIAS

September 16, 2019  The Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er flew on board the Air­bus A310 ZE­RO G at the in­vi­ta­tion of DLR and as­sist­ed with the FLU­MIAS ex­per­i­ment be­ing con­duct­ed by the uni­ver­si­ties of Frank­furt and Mar­burg in co­op­er­a­tion with Air­bus.


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'Retinal Diagnostics' technology test

'Reti­nal Di­ag­nos­tics' tech­nol­o­gy test

June 9, 2021  'Reti­nal Di­ag­nos­tics' is one of the tech­nol­o­gy tests that Matthias Mau­r­er will con­duct dur­ing his mis­sion on the ISS. The project, de­signed by the DLR In­sti­tute of Aerospace Medicine in Cologne, will in­ves­ti­gate pos­si­ble changes in the op­tic nerves dur­ing space mis­sions.


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Matthias Maurer and Thomas Pesquet

Matthias Mau­r­er and Thomas Pes­quet

September 16, 2019  Matthias Mau­r­er and his French fel­low ESA as­tro­naut Thomas Pes­quet to­geth­er on a parabol­ic flight.


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The Franco-German duo in front of a Falcon 9 rocket stage

The Fran­co-Ger­man duo in front of a Fal­con 9 rock­et stage

April 22, 2021  Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er (left) and his French fel­low as­tro­naut Thomas Pes­quet pose to­geth­er in front of a re­turned Fal­con 9 rock­et stage. The pair will be the first Eu­ro­peans to jour­ney to the ISS in a pri­vate space cap­sule.


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Joint flight training

Joint flight train­ing

April 22, 2021  Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er (left) and his French fel­low ESA as­tro­naut Thomas Pes­quet un­der­went a lot of train­ing for their mis­sions. They of­ten trained to­geth­er, in­clud­ing prac­tis­ing for their flight in the SpaceX Crew Drag­on cock­pit in Cal­i­for­nia.


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Matthias Maurer exercising in the EMS suit

Matthias Mau­r­er ex­er­cis­ing in the EMS suit

September 6, 2021  Elec­tri­cal Mus­cle Stim­u­la­tion (EMS) is a mod­ern train­ing method in which mus­cles are stim­u­lat­ed by mild elec­tri­cal im­puls­es. On board the ISS, Matthias Mau­r­er will use a spe­cial EMS suit for the first time in or­der to im­prove his ex­er­cise pro­gramme, which con­sists of run­ning, cy­cling and strength train­ing.


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Matthias Mau­r­er in the EMS suit

Matthias Mau­r­er in the EMS suit

September 9, 2021  Dur­ing his Cos­mic Kiss mis­sion on the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion ISS Matthias Mau­r­er will car­ry out 36 ex­per­i­ments from Ger­many. One of them is a spe­cial train­ing suit for mus­cle stim­u­la­tion based on elec­tro mus­cle stim­u­la­tion (EMS). This is a mod­ern train­ing method in which mus­cle ar­eas are tensed by weak cur­rent puls­es. If this in­creased ba­sic ten­sion is com­bined with tar­get­ed mus­cle train­ing, it can sig­nif­i­cant­ly in­crease suc­cess. On board the ISS, Matthias Mau­r­er will use a spe­cial EMS suit for the first time to im­prove his train­ing pro­gramme, which con­sists of run­ning, cy­cling and strength train­ing.


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Choosing the menu

Choos­ing the menu

April 22, 2021  Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er (left) and his French fel­low ESA as­tro­naut Thomas Pes­quet car­ried out a lot of prepa­ra­tion ac­tiv­i­ties to­geth­er, in­clud­ing sam­pling and se­lect­ing food to eat on the ISS. Thomas Pes­quet has giv­en Matthias Mau­r­er some of his French food and the Ger­man as­tro­naut will of­fer him some del­i­ca­cies from the Ger­man Saar­land re­gion when they are to­geth­er on the ISS.


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Training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre

Train­ing in the Gagarin Cos­mo­naut Train­ing Cen­tre

September 10, 2021  Crew-3 train­ing at the Rus­sian Gagarin Cos­mo­naut Train­ing Cen­tre (GCTC) in Star City, Rus­sia. ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er and his crew mates train in op­er­a­tions of the Rus­sian seg­ment of the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS) and the Rus­sian Or­lan space­suit.


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Training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre

Train­ing at the Gagarin Cos­mo­naut Train­ing Cen­tre

September 10, 2021  Crew-3 train­ing at the Rus­sian Gagarin Cos­mo­naut Train­ing Cen­tre (GCTC) in Star City, Rus­sia. ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er and his crew mates train in op­er­a­tions of the Rus­sian seg­ment of the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS) and the Rus­sian Or­lan space­suit.


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Matthias Maurer during his spacewalk training

Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his space­walk train­ing

September 8, 2021  Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his space­walk train­ing in the Neu­tral Buoy­an­cy Lab at NASA's John­son Space Cen­ter, in Hous­ton, Texas, in April 2017.


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ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer

ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er

November 27, 2018  Matthias Mau­r­er at the Eu­ro­pean As­tro­naut Cen­tre in Cologne, where he un­der­goes ba­sic as­tro­naut train­ing. In 2009, the ma­te­ri­als sci­en­tist be­came one of the 10 fi­nal­ists in the ESA se­lec­tion pro­cess.


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Matthias Maurer during his spacewalk training

Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his space­walk train­ing

September 8, 2021  Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er dur­ing his space­walk train­ing in the Neu­tral Buoy­an­cy Lab at NASA's John­son Space Cen­ter, in Hous­ton, Texas, in April 2017.


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Matthias Maurer EVA training

Matthias Mau­r­er EVA train­ing

September 8, 2021  Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er prac­tices Space Sta­tion re­pairs in the Neu­tral Buoy­an­cy Lab at NASA’s John­son Space Cen­ter in Hous­ton, USA. The gi­ant pool is over 12 me­tres deep and fea­tures a full-scale mock-up of the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion. It is used to train as­tro­nauts in the very pre­cise and dif­fi­cult task of mak­ing re­pairs or in­stalling new equip­ment in the vac­u­um of space. To sim­u­late mi­cro­grav­i­ty un­der­wa­ter, as­tro­nauts are weight­ed down to min­imise the buoy­ant force that would oth­er­wise have them bop­ping back up to the sur­face. They must al­so work very slow­ly to com­pen­sate for the drag caused by wa­ter.


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Frank De Winne, Thomas Jarzombek, Pascale Ehrenfreund, Armin Laschet, Matthias Maurer, Tobias Hans and Johann-Dietrich Wörner

Grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mo­ny at the EAC in Cologne

November 27, 2018  The han­dover of the cer­tifi­cate, with which Matthias Mau­r­er was of­fi­cial­ly ap­point­ed as an ESA as­tro­naut, took place on 25 Septem­ber 2018 at the Eu­ro­pean As­tro­naut Cen­tre (EAC) in Cologne.From left to right: Frank De Winne, Head of the EAC, Thomas Jar­zombek, Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment Co­or­di­na­tor of Ger­man Aerospace Pol­i­cy, Pas­cale Ehren­fre­und, Chair of the DLR Ex­ec­u­tive Board, Armin Laschet, Min­is­ter Pres­i­dent of North Rhine-West­phalia, ESA As­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er, To­bias Hans, Prime Min­is­ter of Saar­land, and Jo­hann-Di­et­rich Wörn­er, Di­rec­tor Gen­er­al of the Eu­ro­pean Space Agen­cy (ESA).


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Ready for the EVA

Ready for the EVA

March 21, 2022  The Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er and his NASA col­league Ra­ja Chari test­ed their suits be­fore em­bark­ing on their joint EVA on 23 March 2022. NASA as­tro­naut Tom Marsh­burn as­sist­ed with the Space­suit Fit Check. It will be Matthias Mau­r­er's first space ex­it, which he will mas­ter in the all-white EV-2 suit.


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ISS graphic, as of March 2022 during the CosmicKiss mission

Graph­ic of the ISS dur­ing the Cos­micKiss mis­sion

March 29, 2022  This graph­ic shows what is car­ried out where on the ISS and which na­tion con­tribut­ed to which mod­ule.


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European ISS laboratory Columbus

Graph­ic of the Eu­ro­pean ISS lab­o­ra­to­ry Colum­bus

March 29, 2022  This graph­ic shows which ex­per­i­ment fa­cil­i­ty is lo­cat­ed where in the Colum­bus mod­ule (as of the end of 2021).


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Tracking eye changes in space

Track­ing eye changes in space

May 5, 2022  In the ser­vice of sci­ence: In the Reti­nal Di­ag­nos­tics project, an eye lens from rou­tine clin­i­cal di­ag­nos­tic op­er­a­tions was used as an adapter to mo­bile de­vices such as smart­phones or tablets. It cap­tured im­ages of Matthias Mau­r­er's reti­na on the ISS to de­tect the so-called Space­flight As­so­ci­at­ed Neu­ro-oc­u­lar Syn­drome (SANS). For this pur­pose, his eye changes and move­ments were record­ed, ex­am­ined and eval­u­at­ed. These videos are trans­ferred to mo­bile de­vices in or­der to test and train AI mod­els that will then au­to­mat­i­cal­ly de­tect any reti­nal changes in as­tro­nauts in the fu­ture.


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Versatile training in microgravity with the EMS suit

Ver­sa­tile train­ing in mi­cro­grav­i­ty with the EMS suit

May 5, 2022  Matthias Mau­r­er trained in an EMS suit with the Ad­vanced Re­sis­tive Ex­er­cise De­vice (ARED) on the ISS. The spe­cial train­ing de­vice strength­ens the mus­cles, bones and en­durance of the as­tro­nauts on the ISS. In the pic­ture: Matthias Mau­r­er does squats in the so-called squat train­ing.


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Inspiration in the spirit of the ancestors

In­spi­ra­tion in the spir­it of the an­ces­tors

May 5, 2022  Like a mi­ni ver­sion, the patch of Matthias Mau­r­er's Cos­mic Kiss' mis­sion floats next to a copy of the Ne­bra Sky Disc in the Cupo­la ob­ser­va­tion deck on the In­ter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion (ISS). In­spired by the 3600-year-old sky disc, the Cos­mic Kiss mis­sion patch rep­re­sents the spe­cial con­nec­tion that the space sta­tion cre­ates be­tween the in­hab­i­tants of Earth and the cos­mos.


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Image 45/48, Credit: NASA/ESA-M.Maurer
Exiting the Crew Dragon capsule

Ex­it­ing the Crew Drag­on cap­sule

May 6, 2022  On 6 May 2022 at 06:43 CEST, ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er and his NASA Crew 3 col­leagues Thomas Marsh­burn, Ra­ja Chari and Kay­la Bar­ron splashed down in the Gulf of Mex­i­co off the coast of Tam­pa, Flori­da on board the Drag­on cap­sule 'En­durance'. Af­ter be­ing re­cov­ered by the SpaceX ves­sel Shan­non, the crew is helped out of the cap­sule.


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Image 46/48, Credit: NASA TV
Recovery of the Crew Dragon spacecraft Endurance

Re­cov­ery of the Crew Drag­on space­craft En­durance

May 6, 2022  On 6 May 2022 at 06:43 CEST, ESA as­tro­naut Matthias Mau­r­er and his NASA Crew 3 col­leagues Thomas Marsh­burn, Ra­ja Chari and Kay­la Bar­ron splashed down in the Gulf of Mex­i­co off the coast of Tam­pa, Flori­da on board the Drag­on cap­sule 'En­durance'.


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Image 47/48, Credit: NASA TV
Happy homecoming

Hap­py home­com­ing

May 6, 2022  Thumbs up! - ESA as­tro­naut Matthais Mau­r­er af­ter ex­it­ing the Crew Drag­on space­craft En­durance on board the SpaceX re­cov­ery ship. Mau­r­er and his NASA crew­mates Ra­ja Chari, Kay­la Bar­ron and Tom Marsh­burn land­ed in the Gulf of Mex­i­co off the coast of Tam­pa, Flori­da, on 6 May 2022.


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Image 48/48, Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

Picture gallery of Matthias Mau­r­er's Cos­mic Kiss mis­sion on the International Space Station (ISS).

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