News from Jun 06, 2018
On 6 June at 1:12 pm CEST, the German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst was launched into space alongside Roscosmos commander Sergej Prokopjew and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor in a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, to spend 187 days at the International Space Station (ISS). Gerst will be the first German and second European to take command of the space station during his mission. The mission 'Horizons' includes around 40 experiments attempting to answer questions related to biology and medicine, as well as to physics, material sciences and technology. The mission is set out to last until the end of October 2018. This is Gerst’s second flight to the ISS, the German astronaut also took part in the ‘Blue Dot’ mission back in 2014.