ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has completed the final leg of his journey from the International Space Station to Europe.
Alexander’s plane landed at the at the military area of Cologne/Bonn Airport in Germany at 19:45 CET today. There he was greeted by media and VIPs before making his way to the Germany Aerospace Centre’s :envihab facility next to ESA’s astronaut centre.
First pictures of returning astronaut @Astro_Alex disembarking the aircraft to speak to media in Cologne, Germany. Next stop @DLR_en's :envihab facility next to @esa's European Astronaut Centre. pic.twitter.com/pAXsjB7T0h
— Human Spaceflight (@esaspaceflight) December 20, 2018
Though the journey was long, Alexander seemed in good spirits as he waved to friends and colleagues gathered at :envihab. He will now take his time to readapt to life back on Earth as he continues to provide vital ground-based data for researchers, supported by ESA’s space medicine experts.
Horizons was Alexander’s second mission to the International Space Station – his first was Blue Dot in 2014.
See more pictures of his landing in Cologne on Flickr.