Monthly Archives: July 2014

#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....