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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...

A perfect walk

Alexander Gerst and Reid Wiseman finished their 27th US-led spacewalk in six hours and 13 minutes when they returned to the Quest module, closed the hatch and started to repressurise the airlock. They moved a pump module...

Leaving Canadarm behind. Credits: ESA

Third spacewalk task: install power upgrade

The last of the planned tasks is possible the hardest: installing an upgraded powerunit to the International Space Station’s movable powered cart. Until now the MTRA cart could move objects along the Station’s truss but not keep...

Replacing light. Credits: NASA

Second task: changing light

As Reid Wiseman cleans up the freshly secured pump module, Alexander was moved by robotic arm to the EVCG CP13 Light for an R&R. In normal speak this means that he will replace the light on a...