Horizons mission – First call from space

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst spoke to European media from the International Space Station on 12 June 2018, just three days after docking with the orbiting outpost.

The press conference was held at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, and was mainly in German.

Alexander answered questions on climate, how it feel to be in space a second time, and the football World Cup.

This is Alexander’s second six-month stay on the International Space Station. The mission is called Horizons as a symbol for the unknown and what lies beyond. The mission further cements ESA’s know-how for living and working off-planet. Alexander will be testing ways of operating and working with robots to develop techniques required for further human and robotic exploration of our Solar System such as commanding rovers while orbiting another planet.

The Horizons science programme is packed with European research: Alexander will take part in over 50 experiments to deliver benefits to people on Earth as well as prepare for future space exploration. Many of these experiments will take place in Europe’s Columbus laboratory that is celebrating its 10th anniversary in space this year.

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Dilatation du temps et gravité artificielle | Retour sur Proxima b #1

Dans ce nouveau format, on revient sur les nombreuses questions que vous nous avez posées suite à la trilogie “Voyage vers Proxima b” !

Timecodes :
0:57 Est-ce qu’il y aura une suite à “Voyage vers Proxima b” ?
2:21 Est-ce vraiment possible de faire le tour de l’univers en une vie humaine si l’on se déplace moins vite que la lumière ?
8:15 Comment est-ce qu’on ralentit un vaisseau interstellaire ?
8:36 Est-ce possible de simuler de la gravité en accélérant continuellement dans une direction ?
9:10 Dans quel sens notre vaisseau interstellaire devrait-il être à l’approche de sa destination ?
11:10 Est-ce que des humains nés en impesanteur supporteraient de débarquer sur une planète ?
13:20 La gravité artificielle dans la Citadelle de Mass Effect

Le Sense Of Wonder
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– La relativité restreinte, par Science Étonnante : https://youtu.be/M86YM6QA4-M
– Relativistic starship calculator : http://convertalot.com/relativistic_star_ship_calculator.html
– Sagan’s Andromeda crossing – Centauri Dreams : https://www.centauri-dreams.org/2014/06/25/sagans-andromeda-crossing/
– A Roller Coaster Ride through Relativity/Time Dilation : https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/A_Roller_Coaster_Ride_through_Relativity/Time_Dilation

Horizons mission – docking and hatch opening highlights

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 launch.

The German astronaut is a returning visitor to the International Space Station, the first of ESA’s 2009 class of astronauts to be sent into space for a second time. During the second part of his mission Alexander will take over as commander of the International Space Station, only the second time an ESA astronaut will take on this role so far.

The mission is called Horizons as a symbol for the unknown and what lies beyond – reflecting on ESA’s strategy to extend human and robotic exploration beyond Earth orbit. While in space, Alexander will work on over 50 European experiments, including testing ways of operating and working with robots to develop techniques required for further human and robotic exploration of our Solar System.

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Horizons mission – crew is ready

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst talks from Baikonur Cosmodrome, just a couple of days before his second launch to the International Space Station for the Horizons mission.

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Horizons mission – all systems go

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is about to return to to the International Space Station. His last trip occurred four years ago in May 2014 making him the first of ESA’s 2009 class of astronauts to be sent into space for a second time. Since then he has been busy preparing for his next mission called Horizons. Continuous training helps astronauts to be mentally prepared to handle emergencies.

Alexander will be launched into space alongside NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos commander Sergei Prokopyev in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft. The trio will blast off from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan and will arrive at the International Space Station two days later, marking the start of Alexander’s Horizons mission.

The mission is called Horizons as a symbol for the unknown and what lies beyond. As part of all Space Station missions, scientific experiments make up a large part of the astronauts’ time to broaden our horizons as humankind.

During the second part of his mission Alexander will take over as commander of the International Space Station, only the second time an ESA astronaut will take on this role so far.

The Space Station allows for long-term studies with humans in microgravity. ESA’s Columbus research module has been doing so since 2008 and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

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Do you know Alexander Gerst?

Meet ESA astronaut, Alexander Gerst, and see him prepare for his next ISS mission: Horizons.

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Paxi on the ISS: A view of Earth

Our alien friend Paxi, ESA Education’s mascot, went to visit American astronaut Mark Vande Hei on board the International Space Station. Vande Hei shows Paxi the views outside of the Cupola, the biggest window on Earth in the International Space Station.

Credit: ESA/NASA

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Space Storm Hunter’s trip to space

The Space Storm Hunter, also known as the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor, completed its trip to space in a Dragon cargo vehicle in April 2018.

This video shows the different stages of that voyage, from launch to installation on the International Space Station.
The suite of instruments rode in the Dragon cargo vehicle that was launched on 2 April from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.
After orbiting Earth for two days, Dragon positioned itself below the Station for capture. ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen played a crucial role at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston as lead ‘capcom’ during Dragon’s rendezvous and berthing.
Operators on Earth commanded the International Space Station’s 16-m long robotic arm to move the 314-kg facility from the Dragon spacecraft’s cargo hold to its place of operation on Europe’s Columbus laboratory on 13 April.

It is the first time that such a set of sensitive cameras, light sensors and X- and gamma-ray detectors will study the anatomy of luminous phenomena in Earth’s upper atmosphere and bursts of high-energy radiation.

Data from this observatory will improve our understanding of the effect of thunderstorms on the atmosphere and contribute to more accurate climate models.

Credits: ESA

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Horizons News Conference – 17 April 2018

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s last news conference in Europe before his second launch into space. The event was presented in German and English.

The mission is called Horizons to evoke exploring our Universe, looking further than our planet and broadening our knowledge.
Alex will be launched in June with US astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft.

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Horizons: http://bit.ly/HorizonsOverview

Electromagnetic levitator: http://bit.ly/ElectroMagneticLevitator

Live cell imaging: http://bit.ly/LiveCellImagingHorizons

CIMON: http://bit.ly/CIMONAirbus

Testing astronauts lungs: http://bit.ly/TestingAstronautsLungsInSpaceStation

Astro-Pi Challenge: http://bit.ly/AstroPiChallenge2017