Alexan­der Gerst's mis­sion 'hori­zons – Knowl­edge for To­mor­row'

Alexander Gerst during training

Alexan­der Gerst dur­ing train­ing

May 25, 2018  The Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Alexan­der Gerst in Hous­ton train­ing for his 'hori­zons' mis­sion.


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Alexander Gerst during training

Alexan­der Gerst dur­ing train­ing

May 25, 2018  The Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Alexan­der Gerst in Hous­ton train­ing for his 'hori­zons' mis­sion.


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‘Horizons’ mission logo

‘Hori­zons’ mis­sion lo­go

May 29, 2017  The ISS Hori­zons mis­sion will start at the end of April 2018 and con­tin­ue un­til late Oc­to­ber. The Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Alexan­der Gerst will al­so serve as ISS com­man­der dur­ing his time on board.


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German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst

Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Alexan­der Gerst

April 25, 2018  Dur­ing the sec­ond half of his mis­sion, Gerst will lead this in­ter­na­tion­al space com­mu­ni­ty as Mis­sion hori­zons com­man­der of the ISS.


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Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

Neu­tral Buoy­an­cy Lab­o­ra­to­ry

June 14, 2018  The Son­ny Carter Train­ing Fa­cil­i­ty - sit­u­at­ed near the John­son Space Cen­ter in Hous­ton, Texas - has a gi­gan­tic swim­ming pool called the Neu­tral Buoy­an­cy Lab­o­ra­to­ry. The en­tire west­ern por­tion of the ISS can be sub­merged in it so that as­tro­nauts can prac­tise space­walks and re­pair jobs while 'float­ing' at the out­side of the sta­tion.


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Crew member training

Crew mem­ber train­ing

June 14, 2018  Smoke and am­mo­nia can be lethal if re­leased in en­closed spaces. In the iso­lat­ed con­di­tions pre­vail­ing on the ISS it is nec­es­sary to metic­u­lous­ly learn the cor­rect re­sponse to mea­sures, and to pre­vent such a con­tin­gen­cy from oc­cur­ring in the first place. Gas masks can save lives.


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Emergency response training

Emer­gen­cy re­sponse train­ing

June 14, 2018  Crew mem­bers of the 56/57 mis­sion Ser­e­na Maria Auñón-Chan­cel­lor and Alexan­der Gerst at­tend­ing an emer­gen­cy re­sponse train­ing unit at NASA’s site in Hous­ton, Texas.


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Handover of the Time Capsule

Han­dover of the Time Cap­sule

May 29, 2017  Pas­cale Ehren­fre­und (right), Chair of the DLR Ex­ec­u­tive Board, pre­sent­ed the Time Cap­sule to the Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Alexan­der Gerst. ESA Di­rec­tor Gen­er­al Jo­hann-Di­et­rich Wörn­er al­so at­tend­ed the mis­sion pre­sen­ta­tion.


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Training at Johnson Space Center

Train­ing at John­son Space Cen­ter

June 12, 2018  Japan's HTV-7 trans­port ve­hi­cle will vis­it the ISS dur­ing the hori­zons mis­sion some­time in Au­gust. The dock­ing will be per­formed by means of a robot­ic arm. Alexan­der Gerst took part in a sys­tems en­gi­neer­ing sim­u­la­tion (SES) manouevre at the John­son Space Cen­ter to be­come fa­mil­iarised with the dock­ing pro­ce­dure.


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Coupling manoeuvre training

Cou­pling ma­noeu­vre train­ing

June 13, 2018  In Star City near Moscow all as­tro­nauts and cos­mo­nauts learn to car­ry out the cou­pling ma­noeu­vre be­tween a Rus­san Soyuz cap­sule and the ISS.


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Training of docking procedure

Train­ing of dock­ing pro­ce­dure

June 12, 2018  Japan's HTV-7 trans­port ve­hi­cle will vis­it the ISS dur­ing the hori­zons mis­sion some­time in Au­gust. The dock­ing will be per­formed by means of a robot­ic arm. Alexan­der Gerst took part in a sys­tems en­gi­neer­ing sim­u­la­tion (SES) manouevre at the John­son Space Cen­ter to be­come fa­mil­iarised with the dock­ing pro­ce­dure.


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Alexander Gerst 'suiting up'

Alexan­der Gerst 'suit­ing up'

June 6, 2018  Short­ly be­fore the launch, the as­tro­nauts put on the launch suits and try out their seats in the Soyuz Cap­sule.


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Air conditioning in a suitcase

Air con­di­tion­ing in a suit­case

June 6, 2018  The air con­di­tion­ing for the suit is lo­cat­ed in the small blue suit­case. Alexan­der Gerst mount­ed his Go­Pro on it.


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Ready for the mission - the crew of Expedition 56/57

Ready for the mis­sion - the crew of Ex­pe­di­tion 56/57

April 25, 2018  Ready for the mis­sion: the crew of Ex­pe­di­tion 56/57 with Ser­e­na Maria Auñón-Chan­cel­lor, Sergei Prokopy­ev and Alexan­der Gerst (from left to right) pos­ing in their Sokol space­suits dur­ing a vis­it to the Rus­sian Star City.


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Crew agrees to fly

Crew agrees to fly

June 6, 2018  The crew de­clares that it is ready for flight be­fore of­fi­cials from the Rus­sian space agen­cy Roscos­mos and the flight man­age­ment.


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Launch to the ISS

Launch to the ISS

June 7, 2018  On 6 June 2018 at 13:12 CEST, a Soyuz MS-09 rock­et was launched from the Rus­sian space­port in Baikonur, car­ry­ing Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Alexan­der Gerst, NASA as­tro­naut Ser­e­na Maria Aunon-Chan­cel­lor and Rus­sian cos­mo­naut Sergei Prokopy­ev to the ISS.


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The Expedition 56 crew on the ISS

The Ex­pe­di­tion 56 crew on the ISS

June 28, 2018  The new­ly ex­pand­ed six-mem­ber Ex­pe­di­tion 56 crew gath­ers in the Zvez­da mod­ule short­ly af­ter the three new crewmem­bers ar­rived on 8 June 2018. In the im­age (from left to right) – front row: Rus­sian cos­mo­naut Sergei Prokopy­ev, Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Alexan­der Gerst and NASA as­tro­naut Ser­e­na Maria Auñón-Chan­cel­lor; back row: Rus­sian cos­mo­naut Oleg Arte­myev, NASA as­tro­naut An­drew Feustel and NASA as­tro­naut Richard Arnold.


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Launch SpaceX CRS-15

Launch SpaceX CRS-15

June 29, 2018  CI­MON and six oth­er ex­per­i­ments for the 'hori­zons' mis­sion lift­ed off from Cape Canaver­al Air Force Sta­tion in Flori­da on Fri­day, 29 June 2018 at 11:42 CEST (05:42 lo­cal time) on board a US Drag­on cap­sule with a Fal­con 9 launch­er.


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CIMON and project managers at Kennedy Space Center

CI­MON and project man­agers at Kennedy Space Cen­ter

July 2, 2018  From left to right: DLR Project Man­ag­er Chris­tian Kar­rasch and Air­bus Sys­tems En­gi­neer Philipp Schulien with CI­MON in front of the Ve­hi­cle As­sem­bly Build­ing of NASA's Kennedy Space Cen­ter in Flori­da, USA.


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CIMON: Autonomous astronaut assistant

CI­MON: Au­tonomous as­tro­naut as­sis­tant

July 30, 2018  This DLR in­fo­graph­ic presents the rel­e­vant facts about the hori­zons ex­per­i­ment CI­MON at a glance.


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MagVector/MFX-2: A planetary laboratory in earth orbit

MagVec­tor/MFX-2: A plan­e­tary lab­o­ra­to­ry in earth or­bit

July 30, 2018  This DLR in­fo­graph­ic presents the rel­e­vant facts about this hori­zons ex­per­i­ment at a glance.


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Myotones

My­otones

August 8, 2018  In the in­fo­graph­ic My­otones all rel­e­vant Facts and as­pects of the hori­zons ex­per­i­ment is pre­sent­ed at a glance.


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Gerst embarked on his mission to the International Space Station –'horizons - knowledge for tomorrow –on 6 June 2018. There he worked for the second time in the largest international technology project of all time. From the beginning of October he was also commander of the ISS.

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