Mission horizons

Alexan­der Gerst hori­zons – a jour­ney of dis­cov­ery for sci­ence and so­ci­ety

Alexander Gerst during training
Alexan­der Gerst dur­ing train­ing
Image 1/2, Credit: NASA/J. Blair

Alexander Gerst during training

The Ger­man ESA as­tro­naut Alexan­der Gerst in Hous­ton train­ing for his 'hori­zons' mis­sion.
‘Horizons’ mission logo
‘Hori­zons’ mis­sion lo­go
Image 2/2, Credit: DLR/ESA/Steinbeis Beratungszentren GmbH

‘Horizons’ mission logo

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.

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

Missionhorizons – Knowledge for Tomorrow (Expedition 56/57)
Number of German experiments41
AstronautAlexander Gerst (born 3 May 1976 in Künzelsau)
Launch to ISS6 June 2018, 13:12 CEST
Mission durationexpected to be 187 days
Docking8 June 2018, 15:07 CEST
Hatch opening8 June 2018, 17:05 CEST
Crew Expedition 56Andrew 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 57Alexander Gerst (ESA), Commander; Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor (NASA); Sergei Prokopyev (Roscosmos); Alexei Nikolajewitsch Owtschinin (Roscosmos); Nikolai Tikhonov (Roscosmos); Tyler Nicklaus Hague (NASA)
Return to Earth20 December 2018
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