ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet on his arrival at Cologne/Bonn Airport. © DLR: All rights reserved.
10 November 2021
On Tuesday evening, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet set foot on Cologne ground again after his return from the International Space Station ISS. After his landing near the coast of Florida, his journey continued via Houston to Cologne/Bonn Airport until he reached the aerospace medical research facility :envihab, where the DLR/ESA team was already waiting for him. The first examinations and experiments started immediately.
As part of his so-called direct return, a large number of measurements will take place in the coming weeks on behalf of ESA, NASA and other space organizations, as well as for DLR's own tests, which will focus on his health on the one hand and the scientific aspects of his stay in weightlessness on the other. In addition to blood draws and a bone density measurement, he will undergo medical tests such as MRI scans, many eye exams including vision tests, intraocular pressure and eye ultrasound, as well as stress tests concerning his health and fitness. As with the previous direct returns of European astronauts, the medical examinations will be performed by Dr. Claudia Stern and Dr. Martin Trammer from the Department of Clinical Aerospace Medicine.
For the scientific experiments of Pesquets Alpha mission, DLR scientists led by Dr. Petra Frings-Meuthen and Dr. Edwin Mulder are supporting studies on the immune system, the physiological response to space flight, the musculature and the effects of cosmic radiation on DNA. In addition, the changes and development of balance and physical stability as well as the adaptations to weightlessness or readaptation to the Earth environment will be determined and further monitored.
Arrival of Thomas Pesquet at Cologne/Bonn Airport and the aerospace medical research facility :envihab
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