Alexander Gerst horizons – a journey of discovery for science and society
Alexander Gerst during trainingThe German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in Houston training for his 'horizons' mission.
‘Horizons’ mission logoThe 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.
Alexander Gerst returned to Earth on 20 December 2018, after spending 197 days in space, The Soyuz MS-09 landed according to plan at 06:02 Central European Time (CET) near Karaganda in the steppe of Kazakhstan. The spacecraft with the German ESA astronaut and the NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor and the Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev had left the space station at 02:40 CET. Just under three and a half hours later, the crew of ISS Expedition 57 had solid ground under their feet again.
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.
Facts of Mission horizons
|Mission||horizons – Knowledge for Tomorrow (Expedition 56/57)|
|Number of German experiments||41|
|Astronaut||Alexander Gerst (born 3 May 1976 in Künzelsau)|
|Launch to ISS||6 June 2018, 13:12 CEST|
|Mission duration||expected to be 187 days|
|Docking||8 June 2018, 15:07 CEST|
|Hatch opening||8 June 2018, 17:05 CEST|
|Crew Expedition 56||Andrew Jay Feustel (NASA), Commander; Oleg Germanovich Artemyev (Roscosmos); Richard R. Arnold (NASA); Alexander Gerst (ESA), Commander; Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor (NASA); Sergei Prokopiev (Roscosmos)|
|Crew Expedition 57||Alexander Gerst (ESA), Commander; Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor (NASA); Sergei Prokopyev (Roscosmos); Alexei Nikolajewitsch Owtschinin (Roscosmos); Nikolai Tikhonov (Roscosmos); Tyler Nicklaus Hague (NASA)|
|Return to Earth||20 December 2018|
Animal observation system ICARUS is switched onThe International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space (ICARUS) is a cooperative project between the Russian space agency Roscosmos and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) under the leadership of Martin Wikelski from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior in Konstanz.
Alexander Gerst is back on EarthAlexander Gerst returned to Earth safely in the early hours of 20 December 2018 after 197 days in space, 195 of them on board the International Space Station ISS. The Soyuz MS-09 touched down close to Karaganda in the Kazakh steppe right on schedule at 06:02 Central European Time. The spacecraft carrying the German ESA astronaut, the NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and the Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev left the International Space Station at 02:40 CET, and the crew of the ISS Expedition 57 was back on terra firma just under three and a half hours later.
Twenty years of the ISS – the most unlikely machine humanity has ever builtTwenty years ago today, on 20 November 1998, a Russian Proton rocket took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and carried the first component of the International Space Station, the Zarya module (Zarya is Russian for sunrise), into Earth orbit. Sixteen days later, on 6 December 1998, the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour joined the Russian Zarya module together with the US Unity connecting node. This docking manoeuvre represented much more than just an impressive technical achievement.
DLR competition – The third 'High Flyers' experiment en route to the ISSIt is a small piece of cargo – not even half the size of a shoebox – but a group of students from Frankfurt are still tracking its progress with breathless anticipation. After all, the delivery address is none other than the International Space Station (ISS). The contents of the 10 x 10 x 15 centimetre container?
World premiere – Rendezvous between CIMON and Alexander Gerst on the International Space StationOn 15 November 2018 at 11:40 CET, the mission team in the Biotechnology Space Support Center (BIOTESC) at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts watched with baited breath. After two-and-a-half years of highly intensive preparations, as well as countless testing and training sessions with CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN) on Earth, you could hear a pin drop – there was an atmosphere of total concentration and thrilled anticipation.
Alexander Gerst assumes command of the ISSAlexander Gerst will undoubtedly never forget 3 October 2018 – on the 'Day of German Unity', the 42-year old geophysicist and astronaut will be the first German and second European to become Commander of the International Space Station (ISS). The ceremony aboard the ISS will last from 04:10 to 16:30 CEST and be broadcast live on the Internet by NASA and ESA.
Alexander Gerst – halftime for the horizons missionThe German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has been orbiting Earth on board the International Space Station (ISS) since 8 June 2018. Gerst, the NASA astronaut Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor and the Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev have all sorts of scientific experiments to conduct. Now that they are halfway through their mission, ISS expedition crew 56-57 has already completed 37 of the German experiments, and are thus well over 90 percent of the way through.
So far and yet so near: Alexander Gerst controls robot on EarthAlexander Gerst pauses. Smoke is rising from the satellite receiving system that he is in the process of building with the help of his robotic avatar on Mars. Now it is a matter of acting quickly and decisively, for the sake of human and machine alike. The simulation of an emergency is the most critical part of the latest telerobotics experiment at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), whereby an astronaut on board the International Space Station (ISS) uses a tablet to remotely control the humanoid robot Rollin' Justin in Oberpfaffenhofen.
Extravehicular activity for ICARUSOn the evening of 15 August 2018, Russian cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev and Oleg Artemyev deployed the antennas of the German-Russian ICARUS project on the Zvezda module of the International Space Station (ISS) during an almost eight hour extravehicular activity (EVA).
horizons mission: a lunar eclipse and a wealth of scienceThe German ESA astronaut, Alexander Gerst, has now been living and working on the International Space Station ISS for around two months. While some horizons mission experiments involving the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have yet to commence, other trials are already delivering scientific results, such as the MagVector/MFX-2 planetary simulator and FLUMIAS cell biology microscope.
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