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I am back on Earth but the mission continues

My return to Earth with the Soyuz was an intense experience. After undocking we conducted some tests and orbited Earth one more time. Above the South-Atlantic Ocean the braking motor fired for four minutes. 140 kms above Egypt the spacecraft … Continue reading

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See you back on Earth!

In a few hours I will step into the Soyuz capsule with my colleagues Oleg Kononenko and Don Pettit. Six months flew by. After we undock we will orbit Earth two more times. Then my space mission will be over, … Continue reading

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Cut off underwater and near the South Pole

The six of us on the Space Station live quite isolated from the world. But we are not the only people in such a situation. Before my mission started I asked if I could be in contact with two other … Continue reading

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Checking water valves and another false alarm

Two more days to go before my stay in space will end. I managed to complete three important tasks before I have to leave. I inspected cooling fluid valves for the Columbus laboratory, fixed an American scientific experiment rack and … Continue reading

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ICV: measuring blood flow and heart rhythm for 48 hours

The ISS repeatedly flew across the “terminator” over the last weeks. The terminator is the border between day and night on Earth. Flying in this orbit is a weird feeling as we see the Sun continuously on the horizon. It … Continue reading

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Looking for the best heat shield for ISS

When I return through Earth’s atmosphere in my Soyuz I will have spent 193 days in space. My mission will have been the longest European space flight in history. Everything went well thanks to the thousands of people on ground … Continue reading

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More exercise because my return is near

Just three more weeks. I am counting down to my return. I have mixed feelings. On the one hand I want to go home and see my family and friends. On the other hand I do not want to leave … Continue reading

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23 new radiation sensors for the Space Station

In the past weeks I have been doing many ‘life science’ experiments investigating human behaviour in weightlessness. I worked with the Fluid Science Laboratory examining liquids in space. I also conducted maintenance work and small repairs. Just like a laboratory … Continue reading

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The future of space travel

The Dragon cargo ferry only visited us for a short time. It left after a week. But it was an impressive mission for me personally, as I helped dock and later detach it from the Space Station. It was an … Continue reading

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I sometimes feel like a veteran

There are six of us again on the Space Station. Two weeks ago the Soyuz TMA-04M arrived with Gennady Padalka, Sergei Revin and  Joe Acaba. It was a special moment. We listened to Russian flight control communicate with the new … Continue reading

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