Author Archives: Alison

Die weite Welt des Wassers

Wasser ist für uns oft eine Selbstverständlichkeit, aber das ist im Weltraum bei weitem nicht der Fall. Transport und Lagerung einer ausreichenden Menge auf der Internationalen Raumstation ISS sind aufwändig – daher werden bis zu 80 Prozent...

Preparing for spacewalk. Credits: NASA

A September of spacewalks

There is no German version of this blog entry. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is gearing up to step outside the International Space Station, not once, but twice in September. And the second time he does so, he...

(English) Watch live – controlling a robot from space

(English) Part of the ESA-led METERON (Multi-Purpose End-to-End Robotic Operations Network) project, Justin the humanoid robot from the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics is paving the way for astronauts to control robots from orbit. And now,...

(English) Latest snapshot of science in space

(English) It is not just astronauts who perform differently in space. Alongside experiments looking at time perception, resting muscle tone and hand-eye coordination, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is also working with researchers to better understand foam, metal,...

(English) Latest highlights from the space lab

(English) Over the past couple of weeks ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst began testing how microgravity affects tissue and muscle tone, whether weightlessness has an impact on the way people perceive time, and the volume of nitric oxide...

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Testen des Tonus mit Myotones

(English) When you are floating around in a state of perpetual weightlessness, it is easy to lose muscle function and bone mass. However, an area we know much less about is the effect of microgravity on the...

Der Mond blickt aus dem All

(English) ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is looking to the future. He took this image of Earth's closest neighbour from the International Space Station recently, and it shines a spotlight on the next major focus for ESA and...

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Experiment mit einer … „Wendung“

(English) 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.