Alexander Gerst’s launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on 6 June 2018 for his mission ‘horizons – Knowledge for Tomorrow’will mark the start of his second mission to work on the largest international technology project in the history of humankind. In this scientific laboratory, the major spacefaring nations are joining forces to develop solutions for the global challenges of our society: ‘Health, Environment and Climate Change’, as well as ‘Digitalisation, Industry 4.0, Energy Supply and Mobility of Tomorrow’.
DLR blogs about Alexander Gerst's 'horizons' mission.
Mission brochure: "horizons - a journey of discovery for science and society.
What? How? For what scientific and social purposes? According to the principle "One experiment, one graphic" find a selection of German experiments on instructive graphics.
Images from Alexander Gerst's misison horizons.
Alexander 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.
On 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).
The 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.