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The Columbus module is next to the ATV Europe's main contribution to the International Space Station (ISS). GSOC operates the Columbus Control Center (Col-CC) for the European Columbus laboratory.
Astronaut Matthias Maurer and his Mission Cosmic Kiss
After several postponements, Matthias Maurer, a German astronaut from the European Space Agency (ESA), successfully launched to the ISS on November 11, 2021. He conducted numerous experiments there for about six months together with his colleagues on the ISS space station. With him on Board were NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas H. Marshburn and Kayla Barron. Matthias Maurer returned in May 2022, landing on May 6, 2022.
ASTROLAB - Thomas Reiter as the first European on the ISS
In July 2006 ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter flew to the International Space Station for his long-term stay on the ISS. Reiter, an ESA astronaut since 1992, already had experience with long-term flights - he had been on the MIR Space Station for 179 days in 1995.
Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)
The German Space Operations Center in Oberpfaffenhofen supported with its ground infrastructure the planned ESA ATV-missions.
Blue Dot – Shaping the future: Alexander Gerst's mission
At 21:57 CEST on 28 May 2014, German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on board a Soyuz launch vehicle, bound for the International Space Station (ISS). After a flight of just six hours, he reached the Space Station together with his colleagues - the American astronaut Reid Wiseman and the Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev.
D-2 was the second Spacelab (SL) mission under German mission management in the year 1993. Payload co-ordination and control was performed from GSOC as a Payload Operation Control Center (POCC).
D1 stands for the first Spacelab (SL) mission under German mission management and responsibility. The complete payload was controlled for the first time from outside the NASA centres by GSOC, acting as Payload Operation Control Centre (POCC). D1 was a multi-disciplinary mission with more than 70 experiments covering the fields of material- and life-sciences, navigation, communication and technology flown in 1985.
FSLP stands for "First Spacelab Payload". It was the first international flight of the Spacelab performed in 1983. FSLP was a multi-disciplinary mission covering the fields of materials and life science as well as earth observation, atmospheric physics, and technology.
The first ESA mission on board the MIR station is carried out as a Columbus precursor mission for preparing Experimenters and the Ground Segment for the Columbus era. Under ESA contract DLR was responsible for procedure development support, crew training support, simulation support.
The second ESA mission on board the MIR station was the first long-term mission (179 days and extravehicular activities of the European astronaut) with a variety of experiments in the fields of Microgravity, Technology and Space Science and improved data transfer to the Experimenters.
Alexander Gerst - Discovering New horizons
'horizons' was the name of German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst's next mission. He took part in expedition 56/57, his second 'research voyage' to the International Space Station ISS, in June 2018. After the Belgian ESA astronaut, Frank de Winne, Gerst was the second European as commander of the ISS since October 2018. On 20 December 2018 Gerst returned together with Prokopjew and Auñón back to Earth. With the landing in Kazakhstan, the mission Horizons officially ended.
More about the Internationale Space Station (ISS)
NASA Human Spaceflight - ISS
ESA - Human Spaceflight - ISS
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