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Alexander Gerst

Alexander Gerst (Expedition 56/57). Born 3 May 1976 in Künzelsau, Baden-Württemberg, Dr. Alexander Gerst is a German European Space Agency astronaut and geophysicist, who was selected in 2009 to take part in space training. He was part of the International Space Station Expedition 40 and 41 from May to November 2014. Gerst returned to the space station on June 6, 2018, as part of Expedition 56. Gerst will transfer over the Expedition 57, which is expected to begin in October 2018 upon the departure of Soyuz MS-08, as commander. This is the second time a European astronaut takes up this leading position on the Space Station. A commander’s main responsibilities are to maintain morale among the crew, look after safety and operations, and follow the instructions dictated by the flight director on the ground.

During his first stay in orbit, he carried out over 50 science experiments. Highlights of the “Blue Dot” mission included a spacewalk and the docking of Europe’s last Automated Transfer Vehicle, a resupply vehicle for the International Space Station.

“Horizons” is the name of his second mission, which also comes packed with science. In the mission, he shared the ride in the Soyuz capsule with Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev and US astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor.

Top 10 Most Beautiful Earth Photos Taken From the International Space Station in 2018

Here are the top ten most beautiful Earth photos taken by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in 2018. Which one is your favorite? Or if your favorite image was not listed here, please leave a comment below. To see all images taken from the International Space Station and published by NASA, visit Space Station Images.

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Soyuz MS-11 Launch and Dock as seen from the ISS

On December 3, 2018, a Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko. It was the first manned launch since the Soyuz MS-10 spaceflight aborted shortly after launch on 11 October 2018 due to a failure of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle boosters. Notes 1 It was the 100th orbital launch of 2018.

Soyuz MS-11 successfully docked to the ISS about six hours after the launch.

European Space Agency astronaut aboard the International Space Station, Alexander Gerst photographed the launch and the docking from the ISS and published these amazing photos on his Twitter account.

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Watch: the longest continuous time-lapse from the ISS

To celebrate the 20th birthday of the International Space Station (ISS), the European Space Agency (ESA) published the longest continuous time-lapse video from the orbiting laboratory. In just under 15 minutes, this 4K HD video below takes us from Tunisia across Beijing and through Australia in two trips around the world. You can follow the ISS’s location using the map at the top right-hand-side of the screen alongside annotations on the photos themselves.

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Watch: Amazing Time-Lapse Video Showing Earth from the ISS

European Space Agency has published an amazing time-lapse video showing the Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). The space agency wrote “Join ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst for a quick flight from the USA to Africa aboard the International Space Station in this time-lapse filmed 12.5 times faster than actual speed.” You can watch that breathtaking video below:

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