From left to right: DLR Project Manager Christian Karrasch and Airbus Systems Engineer Philipp Schulien with CIMON in front of the Vehicle Assembly Building of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.
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CIMON and six other experiments for the 'horizons' mission lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Friday, 29 June 2018 at 11:42 CEST (05:42 local time) on board a US Dragon capsule with a Falcon 9 launcher.
The newly expanded six-member Expedition 56 crew gathers in the Zvezda module shortly after the three new crewmembers arrived on 8 June 2018. In the image (from left to right) – front row: Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev, German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and NASA astronaut Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor; back row: Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel and NASA astronaut Richard Arnold.
On 6 June 2018 at 13:12 CEST, a Soyuz MS-09 rocket was launched fromthe Russian spaceport in Baikonur, carrying German ESA astronautAlexander Gerst, NASA astronaut Serena Maria Aunon-Chancellor andRussian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev to the ISS.
The crew declares that it is ready for flight before officials fromthe Russian space agency Roscosmos and the flight management.
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Ready for the mission: the crew of Expedition 56/57 with Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor, Sergei Prokopyev and Alexander Gerst (from left to right) posing in their Sokol spacesuits during a visit to the Russian Star City.
The air conditioning for the suit is located in the small bluesuitcase. Alexander Gerst mounted his GoPro on it.
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Shortly before the launch, the astronauts put on the launch suits andtry out their seats in the Soyuz Capsule.
Japan's HTV-7 transport vehicle will visit the ISS during the horizons mission sometime in August. The docking will be performed by means of a robotic arm. Alexander Gerst took part in a systems engineering simulation (SES) manouevre at the Johnson Space Center to become familiarised with the docking procedure.
In Star City near Moscow all astronauts and cosmonauts learn to carry out the coupling manoeuvre between a Russan Soyuz capsule and the ISS.
Crew members of the 56/57 mission Serena Maria Auñón-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst attending an emergency response training unit at NASA’s site in Houston, Texas.
Smoke and ammonia can be lethal if released in enclosed spaces. In the isolated conditions prevailing on the ISS it is necessary to meticulously learn the correct response to measures, and to prevent such a contingency from occurring in the first place. Gas masks can save lives.
The Sonny Carter Training Facility - situated near the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas - has a gigantic swimming pool called the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. The entire western portion of the ISS can be submerged in it so that astronauts can practise spacewalks and repair jobs while 'floating' at the outside of the station.
The German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in Houston training for his 'horizons' mission.
During the second half of his mission, Gerst will lead this international spacecommunity as Mission horizons commander of the ISS.
Pascale Ehrenfreund (right), Chair of the DLR Executive Board, presented the Time Capsule to the German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst. ESA Director General Johann-Dietrich Wörner also attended the mission presentation.
The German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst presented the Horizons mission on 29 May 2017. He is scheduled to depart for the International Space Station in April 2018, where he will become the second European commander on board the ISS.
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.
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