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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.
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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...

Tanking up with oxygen – view from above

ATV Georges Lemaître has delivered its 100 kg of oxygen to the International Space Station as reported via the ATV Control Centre during the first, second and third transfer from ATV-5’s tanks to the Station. After questions on Facebook the team at ATV Control Centre even took time to explain how the amount of oxygen released is calculated. But how does an oxygen transfer work for the astronauts on the International Space Station? ATV-5 loadmaster and ESA astronaut Alexander filmed the process from his weightless abode for our viewing pleasure:

Launch failure. Credits: NASA-Joel Kowsky

Orbital mishap

An update from Columbus Control Centre on the Orbital-3 supply spacecraft launch failure earlier this week and its implications: It was a super busy day and for the teams at the Columbus Control Centre and it will...

First look in ATV-5. Credits: ESA/NASA

New spaceship smell

We have mentioned the ‘new-car smell‘ of a fresh Automated Transfer Vehicle before, but never wondered how long it takes for it to dissapear. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and ATV Georges Lemaître loadmaster provides the answer in...

Alexander and Sasha after ATV-5 docking. Credits: ESA/NASA
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Relive ATV docking – from inside the Space Statio...

This 3-minute video shows excerpts of how ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and Roscosmos cosmonaut Sasha Skvortsov monitored the docking of ATV Georges Lemaître with the International Space Station on August 12. An ATV docking is a mix...