Matthias Mau­r­er's Cos­mic Kiss mis­sion

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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‘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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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 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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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 in the EMS suit

Matthias Mau­r­er in the EMS suit

September 6, 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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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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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 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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Training in the Columbus module

Train­ing in the Colum­bus mod­ule

July 21, 2017  A born sci­en­tist, Mau­r­er is con­vinced that re­search on board the ISS is an im­por­tant task for the fu­ture. That is why he trains reg­u­lar­ly in the Colum­bus mod­ule of the ISS mod­el at the Eu­ro­pean As­tro­naut Cen­ter in Cologne.


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