The ISS – humanity's largest outpost in space
The International Space Station, October 4, 2018This picture was taken by the members of ISS Expedition Crew 56 as they were leaving the ISS in the Soyuz spacecraft to fly back to Earth.
Observing Earth from the ISSMulti-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES), the first commercial Earth-sensing platform on the ISS, will further increase the Space Station's research capabilities. DLR is developing and supplying a visible/near-infrared imaging spectrometer, which, among many other tasks, will provide invaluable information about the atmosphere over the oceans and their bio-geophysical composition.
AMS is hunting for particlesInstalled outside the ISS, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) particle detector is searching for dark matter. The project, which is funded by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), detects 16 billion cosmic ray particles every year.
Spacewalk during STS-115 mission, September 2006The picture shows Canadian astronauts Steven G. MacLean and Daniel C. Burbank in the second of a total of three EVAs (Extravehicular Activity) that were performed during the STS-115 mission. The two specialists are translating along the side of one of the station's trusses.
ISS with the blackness of space and Earth's horizon, November 2007Backdropped by the blackness of space and Earth's horizon, the International Space Station (ISS) is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation. The picture was taken during the STS-120 mission on 5 November 2007.
The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest technology project of all time – humanity's outpost in space. At the same time, it is a orbiting laboratory that provides unprecedented possibilities for scientific and industrial research.
The ISS has proven that peaceful international use of space is both possible and beneficial to all partners, and even delays and technical problems have not changed this. On the contrary, this ambitious project continues with enormous commitment. Ever since it was first occupied on 2 November 2000, astronauts from various countries have been conducting research together on board the ISS.
The orbiting laboratory is currently jointly operated by the USA, Russia, the member states of the European Space Agency (ESA), Canada and Japan.
Germany is the most prominent ISS partner of ESA. As the largest contributing member, the Federal Republic finances approximately 40 percent of the ESA programme for operating the ISS and plays a major role in the scientific usage of the space station.
The German Space Agency at DLR coordinates the German contribution to ESA's ISS programmes related to the expansion, operation and use of the station. These include, among others:
- The Columbus research laboratory
- Planning and implementation of the operational and logistics programmes
- Astronaut missions
- The operation of the Columbus Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen
- The data management system for the Russian module Zarya
- The European Robotic Arm (ERA) on the Russian segment of the space station
- The European Service Module (ESM) for the US crewed spacecraft MPCV (Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle)
For Germany, the space station is both the present and the future. German researchers have been involved in the scientific use of the space station since 2001. With its research on board the ISS, DLR is pursuing three primary goals, namely the exploration of nature on Earth, opening up new potential applications for research and laying out the foundations for future exploration, such as long-term missions to the Moon and Mars.
Broschure: History of German Spaceflight (2010)In our minds, we associate astronautics with outstanding technological achievements: Sputnik, humans on the Moon, interplanetary missions, the International Space Station (ISS). Seven decades have gone by since mankind began to
Kick-off for 'Cosmic Kiss'SpaceX CRS-23 is an International Space Station (ISS) resupply mission – the 23rd commercial launch of the Dragon capsule as part of the space station cargo contract between NASA and SpaceX. The resupply capsule is scheduled to launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Merrit Island off the coast of Florida at 09:37 Central European Summer Time (CEST; 03:37 EDT) on 28 August 2021.
German ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer will fly to the ISS in autumn 2021The day will finally arrive in the autumn of 2021. The space agencies of the US, Russia, Japan, Canada and Europe have announced that Matthias Maurer will become the latest German astronaut from the European Space Agency (ESA) to fly to the International Space Station (ISS).
Here to staySome 20 years ago, on 2 November 2000, the hatch of the International Space Station (ISS) opened for the very first time, and the US astronaut William McMichael Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts Yuri Pavlovich Gidzenko and Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev became the first ISS crew to move into their new home in space.
Ready to continue 20 years of progressTwenty years ago, on 2 November 2000, the hatch of the International Space Station (ISS) was opened for the very first time and the first ISS commander, William McMichael Shepherd (NASA / US), and cosmonauts Yuri Pavlovich Gidzenko and Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev (Roscosmos / Russia) became the first ISS crew to move into their new home in space.
Observing animal migration from space – ISS experiment ICARUS beginsSecond attempt – the German-Russian International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space (ICARUS) experiment, which is installed on the International Space Station (ISS), will be put into operation on 10 March 2020.
An astronaut controls a rover on EarthThe ISS telerobotics experiment Analog-1 was conducted on 25 November 2019, using DLR robotics technology. Astronaut Luca Parmitano controlled the European Space Agency (ESA) ‘Interact’ rover from the International Space Station (ISS).
Plasma crystal research on the ISSMore plasma research is being conducted on the International Space Station (ISS). From 10 to 16 November 2019, the Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov will be carrying out a new series of experiments with the PK-4 plasma crystal laboratory.