Soyuz TMA-13M over Earth. Credits: NASA

Undocking

Alexander, Reid and Max undocked from the International Space Station at 01:31 Central European Time. This image shows the Intnernational Space Station as their Soyuz spacecraft retreated from the weightless research centre. The spacecraft performed a roll...

Hatch closing. Credits: ESA/NASA

Hatch closing

Max, Reid and Alexander said goodbye to their colleagues and closed the hatch to their Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft that will bring them home at 23:27 CET.

Farewell. Credits: ESA/NASA

Watch Alexander return to Earth live

After spending almost six months in space running experiments and maintaining the International Space Station, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will return to Earth on Monday. Alexander will climb into the Soyuz spacecraft with Roscosmos cosmonaut Max Suraev...

Demonstrating Philae lander on comet 67P. Credits: ESA/NASA

Demonstrating the Philae lander on the Space Station

Watch ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst demonstrate how Philae will land on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Alexander narrates the story of the Rosetta mission and performs a demonstration that visualises the difficulties of landing on an object...

Deploying cubesats. Credits: ESA/NASA

Blue Dot science – part one

The Blue Dot mission is nearing its end, I leave my home of the last five months on Sunday night. I am touched by all who joined me on my adventure and it was a pleasure to...

Soyuz landing in 2012. Credits: NASA

Return to Earth this monday

After more than five months in space Alexander Gerst awaits one more epic journey before he arrives at his homebase: the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne. Max, Reid and Alexander will  close the hatch to their Soyuz...

Earth. Credits: ESA/NASA

The system that is keeping us alive

I owe my life at this point to five letters: ECLSS. Of course I owe my life to many things, but floating up here in the vacuum of space it is our life-support system that takes a...