ESA’s Susanne Altenburger training with mobiPV at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany. Image credit: ESA.

Smartphones, tablets, video calling and more…

  We, the PR and communications team behind Alexander Gerst, are often asked by media and the public whether the crew have smartphones on board the International Space Station, whether video calls are possible or how @Astro_Alex...

Suit check for Alexander. Credits: ESA/NASA

Spacewalk update

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s two September spacewalks will be rescheduled due to the postponed launch of Japan’s HTV-7 resupply vehicle. This spacecraft brings new lithium ion batteries to the International Space Station, which Alexander will install on...

Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is heading towards the East coast of USA. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst took photos of the Hurricane from the International Space Station that circles Earth 400 km above. Even orbiting our planet from such heights...

Sharing isolation in space – together

The French-Italian Concordia research station in Antarctica, maintained and operated by the French and Italian polar institutes IPEV and PNRA,  is one of the most remote base on Earth. Situated not only near the South Pole, but...

Leak detected aboard Space Station

Update: 31 August, 17:42 CEST, 15:42 UTC – Source: NASA ISS Blog The Expedition 56 crew (Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Serena Auñón-Chancellor, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and Roscosmos astronauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev) resumed a...

Wide world of water

We often take water for granted, but that is far from the case up in space. Due to the difficulties of transporting and storing sufficient water for drinking and other activities, up to 80 percent of water...

Preparing for spacewalk. Credits: NASA

A September of spacewalks

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is gearing up to step outside the International Space Station, not once, but twice in September. And the second time he does so, he will be the lead space walker. Alexander’s first spacewalk...

Dragon, sextants and redundancies

(Deutsch) Wir hatten Besuch von der Erde: Der Raumtransporter SpaceX Dragon CRS-15 hat Nachschub an Proviant und vor allem neue wissenschaftliche Experimente zur ISS gebracht - und uns damit auch eine Menge Arbeit beschert.

Watch live – controlling a robot from space

Part of the ESA-led METERON (Multi-Purpose End-to-End Robotic Operations Network) project, Justin the humanoid robot from the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics is paving the way for astronauts to control robots from orbit. And now, you...

Latest snapshot of science in space

It is not just astronauts who perform differently in space. Alongside experiments looking at time perception, resting muscle tone and hand-eye coordination, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is also working with researchers to better understand foam, metal, alloys...