Geman astronaut Gerst to fly in 100 days
The clock is ticking: in 100 days ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will be launched to the International Space Station with NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and cosmonaut commander Maxim Surayev.
The launch will mark the start of Alexander’s Blue Dot mission as part of Space Station Expedition 40/41, staying for six months on the world’s only permanently staffed orbital laboratory.
Alexander has been training for his mission since 2011 after he was selected as an ESA astronaut in 2009. Based at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, his space adventure has taken him to Canada, USA, Japan and Russia for training with robots, spacecraft, hypergravity and survival techniques.
His mission will include experiments on plasma, robotics and metals as well as educational experiments involving moving soap bubbles with sound.
Alexander is the second of ESA’s class of 2009 to fly into space and he will be the third German astronaut to live on the Station.