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Credits: ESA/NASA

Blue Dot timelapse

Watch Earth roll by through the perspective of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst in this six-minute timelapse video from space. Combining 12 500 images taken by Alexander during his six-month Blue Dot mission on the International Space Station...

Log Entry #18 – Share

ESA-sponsored medical doctor living in Concordia base in Antarctica sends this update on long-distance relationships, talking with ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and the importance of sharing: Concordia Base Log Time: L+345 (October 2014)                                                                        Temperature: -45 ˚C Week:...

Touchdown. Credits: NASA


Landing at 04:58 Central European Time Alexander, Max and Reid all seemed in great health and spirits.

Soyuz TMA-13M over Earth. Credits: NASA


Alexander, Reid and Max undocked from the International Space Station at 01:31 Central European Time. This image shows the Intnernational Space Station as their Soyuz spacecraft retreated from the weightless research centre. The spacecraft performed a roll...

Hatch closing. Credits: ESA/NASA

Hatch closing

Max, Reid and Alexander said goodbye to their colleagues and closed the hatch to their Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft that will bring them home at 23:27 CET.

Farewell. Credits: ESA/NASA

Watch Alexander return to Earth live

After spending almost six months in space running experiments and maintaining the International Space Station, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will return to Earth on Monday. Alexander will climb into the Soyuz spacecraft with Roscosmos cosmonaut Max Suraev...

Demonstrating the Philae lander on the Space Station

Watch ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst demonstrate how Philae will land on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Alexander narrates the story of the Rosetta mission and performs a demonstration that visualises the difficulties of landing on an object...

Soyuz landing in 2012. Credits: NASA

Return to Earth this monday

After more than five months in space Alexander Gerst awaits one more epic journey before he arrives at his homebase: the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne. Max, Reid and Alexander will  close the hatch to their Soyuz...

Scale-model Soyuz launch.

Improved Blue Dot launch tribute

Holger Voss, featured before on this blog, developed and launched an improved, larger, model of the Soyuz launcher that put ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and cosmonaut Max Suraev into orbit and enroute to...