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Horizons docking and hatch opening

After orbiting Earth 34 times to catch up to the International Space Station, the car-sized spacecraft carrying ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev, arrived at the Station two days after...

Second Space Station mission for Alexander Gerst begins

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst arrived at the International Space Station this morning together with NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev, marking the start of Alexander’s Horizons mission. The Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft arrived at the...

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The road to rendezvous

Commander Sergei Prokopyev, Alexander Gerst and Serena Auñón-Chancellor are on their way to the International Space Station. A series of burns will take their Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft to their new home in space after the automated rendezvous sequence is started...

Soyuz spacecraft.
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Putting the Soyuz in a spin

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev were launched into space yesterday in their Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  Their docking with the International Space Station is set for...

Horizons liftoff

Liftoff – Alexander Gerst returns to space on Horizons ...

Today at 11:12 GMT (13:12 CEST) ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst was launched into space alongside NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch went...

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100% ready

It is starting to get real: Serena, Sergei and I will squeeze into the cockpit of our Soyuz capsule at the top of a 50-m rocket and blast off into space with a thrust equivalent to around...

Back to the unique floating laboratory

With every new day, I am looking more and more forward to returning to the International Space Station – and doing somersaults while brushing my teeth again… I am also looking forward to all the scientific research...

Our Soyuz ready for action tomorrow.
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Launch timeline

Horizons launch day is set for 6 June 2018. For ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev it will be a long day with an early start. Below is a detailed timeline...

Tree planting revisited

Tradition has it that all astronauts plant a tree before their first flight to space from the world’s first and largest spaceport in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst had the opportunity to revisit the Cosmonauts Alley,...