Astronaut Gerst flies as a "guinea pig" into space

Astronaut Gerst flies as a "guinea pig" into space

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On 6 June, Alexander Gerst and two other astronauts are to take off from the Russian Baikonur spaceport to the ISS. The goals of “Astro-Alex”.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst wants to report intensively on his experiences during his second stay in space. Seven weeks before his departure for the International Space Station ISS, the 41-year-old announced that he would “down” many photos and his thoughts 400 kilometers above the ground via social media.
However, he will be in the second half of the approximately six-month mission “Horizons” as commander of the ISS crew with many additional tasks. He still has trainings in Cologne and Russia and is “relatively relaxed”.

Alexander Gerst: A German astronaut on the ISS
Image: Alexander Gerst, ESA / NASA (dpa)
The geophysicist from Baden-Württemberg will be the first German ISS commander in space – and often act as “guinea pigs” in his many experiments, emphasized “Astro-Alex”.
Robot “Cimon” supports ISS astronaut Gerst on his mission
They wanted to “fill gaps for science” and advance the exploration of the universe. For the first time he has a robot helper – the ball-sized “Cimon” – to the side.
On June 6, “Astro-Alex” will be taking off together with Russian Sergei Prokopyev and US astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor from the Baikonur Russian spaceport in Kazakhstan. He was on the ISS from May to November 2014 and has been preparing for his new mission for two years.

The first trip to space by Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961 lasted 108 minutes.
Just a few weeks later, Alan Shepard was the first American to fly into space. He did not circling the earth like Gagarin did.
Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963.
The American Neil Armstrong was the first to set foot on the moon in 1969.
The first German in space was the GDR citizen Sigmund Jähn in 1978.
US entrepreneur Dennis Tito traveled in 2001 as the first space tourist to the International Space Station ISS – for about 20 million dollars.
The first creature that left the Earth for space was the Russian bitch Laika in November 1957.
Sergei Krikaljow spent more than two years in space. Six times the Russian flew into space, living there for a total of 803 days.
The longest single stay in the universe lasted 437 days. From January 1994 to March 1995 the cosmonaut Waleri Poljakow was constantly on board the space station “Mir”.

The ISS will continue for a long time, Gerst was convinced. The next targets are Moon and Mars, “seventh and eighth continent”. (AP)

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