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’.
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.
Mission brochure: "horizons - a journey of discovery for science and society.
DLR blogs about Alexander Gerst's 'horizons' mission.
Alexander 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.
Twenty 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.
It 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? An experiment that is set to be performed on the ISS.