Alexander Gerst Credit: ESA/NASA

CallAlex: Webcast replay 22 August

Watch the replay of ESA's SocialSpace event, Friday, 22 August, live from the European Astronaut Centre, Cologne, Germany, for the #CallAlex in-flight call with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst on board the ISS. Programme started at 13:00 CEST...

Alexander’s spacewalk postponed

International Space Station programme managers decided to postpone the U.S. spacewalks planned for Aug. 21 and 29 until the fall to allow new Long Life Batteries to be delivered to the station aboard the SpaceX-4 commercial resupply services flight.


METERON: The next day

The future exploration of unknown worlds and dangerous areas took a giant leap forward Thursday when Meteron, the Multi-purpose, End to End Robotic Operations Network was successfully validated in an experiment involving ESA, the Belgian user support...

Alex beim SocialSpace 2013

#CallAlex – Live SocialSpace with Alex in Orbit

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is sharing beautiful photographs from space on his social media pages. Is there something you want to ask him while he is orbiting our planet? On 22 August you could talk to him...


(Deutsch) Starke Seifenblasen

(Deutsch) Ausgerüstet mit einem Strohhalm, einer Tüte mit dem Haarshampoo der ISS-Bewohner und einer Stoppuhr hat Alexander Gerst getestet, wie lange Seifenblasen in der Schwerelosigkeit überleben.


A different perspective

As astronauts we have a unique view of our planet looking down from 400 km above. Some things that on Earth we see in the news every day and thus almost tend to accept as a “given”,...


Grappling Cygnus’ Orbital 2

After some delays due to bad weather Cygnus’ Orbital-2 supply spacecraft was launched last Sunday from Virginia, USA. The spacecraft was put into the same orbit as the International Space Station but at a lower altitude. Since...

One of sixteen sunsets seen from Cupola module. Credits: ESA/NASA

Sleeping habits, cleaning and inspection

Update from Columbus Control Centre: Last week Alexander Gerst took part in the Circadian Rhythms experiment. For the second time in his mission for about 36 hours Alexander’s temperature was recorded continuously to see how it varied....