Monthly Archives: June 2018

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An experiment with a twist

Unbound by a traditional up or down, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is getting a handle on how microgravity affects our ability to grab and manipulate objects in space.

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Science and art on a Dragon

The Dragon awaits its liftoff encapsulated in the world’s most powerful rocket. SpaceX spacecraft’s belly is packed with more than 2600 kg of research and supplies for the crew, and the first experiment cubes born from Europe’s...

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Soyuz launch from liftoff to orbit

This unique video shows a full launch of the Soyuz MS-09: from liftoff to orbit. Watch the launch from inside the crew capsule with first-ever shots from outside the spacecraft recorded by cameras fixed to the exterior...

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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...

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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...