Monthly Archives: June 2018

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Shining a spotlight on Space Station science

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst recently tweeted that the first 10 days of the Horizons mission have been some of the busiest of his life. But what has been happening at the International Space Station and what might...

The Grip Experiment

Have you ever considered yourself capable of manipulating gravity? When you grip an object, you are doing just that. Gravity is constantly exerting its force on objects, most notably by keeping everything weighed down. But when you...

Andreas Mogensen capcom. Credits: NASA–N. Moran

Spacewalk buddies

A spacewalk is nothing new to NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold. Today they will be working outside the Space Station for the ninth and fifth time respectively. Despite These veteran astronauts rely on the work...

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Alexander Gerst’s first in orbit press conference

At 17:25 CEST we'll connect from the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne to the International Space Station. Alexander Gerst will answer the questions of the journalists present in Cologne. We broadcast the press conference live on the...

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Horizons docking and hatch opening

After orbiting Earth 34 times to catch up to the International Space Station, the car-sized spacecraft carrying ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev, arrived at the Station two days after...

Second Space Station mission for Alexander Gerst begins

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst arrived at the International Space Station this morning together with NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev, marking the start of Alexander’s Horizons mission. The Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft arrived at the...

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The road to rendezvous

Commander Sergei Prokopyev, Alexander Gerst and Serena Auñón-Chancellor are on their way to the International Space Station. A series of burns will take their Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft to their new home in space after the automated rendezvous sequence is started...

Soyuz spacecraft.
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Putting the Soyuz in a spin

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev were launched into space yesterday in their Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  Their docking with the International Space Station is set for...

Horizons liftoff

Liftoff – Alexander Gerst returns to space on Horizons ...

Today at 11:12 GMT (13:12 CEST) ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst was launched into space alongside NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch went...

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100% ready

It is starting to get real: Serena, Sergei and I will squeeze into the cockpit of our Soyuz capsule at the top of a 50-m rocket and blast off into space with a thrust equivalent to around...