Living in space

Over the last two decades, space agencies have created more comfortable conditions on the International Space Station, but we need to explore the concept of ‘living in space’ much further if humans are to ever live and work on another world, such as the Moon or Mars.

ESA’s Discovery and Preparation Programme works to prepare ESA for the future of space exploration. As part of this programme, ESA has worked with academic and industrial partners on a huge number of studies that lay the groundwork for living in space.

The technology that exists today could easily take us to the Moon and beyond, but it is studies like those carried out under the Discovery and Preparation Programme that will make a trip resourceful, sustainable and productive.

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Erstes Interview mit Alexander Gerst nach der Rückkehr zur Erde

Nur wenige Stunden nach dem ESA-Astronaut Alexander Gerst von seiner Horizons-Mission auf der Internationalen Raumstation ISS zurückgekehrt ist, gibt er ein kurzes Interview in der Forschungseinrichtung :envihab auf dem Campus des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt in Köln.
Alexander Gerst kehrte am 20. Dezember 2018 zusammen mit den Besatzungsmitgliedern Serena Auñón- Chancellor und Sergei Prokopyev in der Sojus MS-09 auf die Erde zurück – demselben Raumschiff, dass sie am 6. Juni 2018 zur Station brachte.
Die Landung des Trios in der kasachischen Steppe markierte nach über sechs Monaten im Weltraum den erfolgreichen Abschluss der so genannten ISS Expedition 56/57. In dieser Zeit führte Alexander Gerst über 60 europäische Experimente durch, wurde der zweite europäische Kommandant der Internationalen Raumstation, nahm sechs Raumtransporter in Empfang, installierte die erste kommerzielle Forschungsanlage im Columbus-Labor der ESA, sendete eine wichtige Botschaft zum Klimawandel für Delegierte der COP24-Klimakonferenz, machte Echtzeitaufnahmen von einem Sojus-Startabbruch und vieles mehr.
Horizons war Alexander Gersts zweite Mission auf der Internationalen Raumstation – die erste im Jahr 2014 trug den Namen Blue Dot. Er hat nun 363 volle, allerdings nicht aufeinanderfolgende Tage im Weltraum verbracht (an seinem 364. Tag kehrte er nach Hause zurück).
In Köln angekommen, wird Alexander Gerst eine Vielzahl an Bord der ISS durchgeführter wissenschaftlich-technischer Experimente auf der Erde mit dem Ziel der vergleichenden Betrachtung und Bewertung der Daten wiederholen. Hinzu kommen medizinische Untersuchungen sowie viel Sport und körperliches Training zum Zwecke der Regenerierung und Rehabilitation.

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First interview with Alexander Gerst back on Earth

Just hours after returning from his Horizons mission on the International Space Station, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst gives a short interview at the German Aerospace Centre’s ‘:envihab’ facility in Cologne, Germany.

Alexander returned to Earth alongside crew mates Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Sergei Prokopyev on 20 December 2018 in the same Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that flew them to the Station on 6 June 2018.

The trio’s landing in the Kazakh steppe marked the successful conclusion of over six months in space during which Alexander conducted over 60 European experiments, became the second ever European commander of the International Space Station, welcomed six resupply vehicles, installed the first commercial facility for research in the Columbus laboratory, delivered an important message on climate change for leaders at the COP24 climate change conference, captured real-time footage of a Soyuz launch abort and much, much more.

#Horizons was Alexander’s second mission to the International Space Station – the first was Blue Dot in 2014.

Now back in Cologne, Alexander will take his time to readapt to Earth’s gravity supported by ESA’s team of space medicine experts. He will also continue to provide ground-based data for researchers to support experiments performed in space.

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Nachricht an meine Enkelkinder [with Closed Captions]

CLOSED CAPTIONS IN ENGLISH AVAILABLE

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst recorded a message in German to his future grandchildren from the International Space Station’s Cupola observatory during his Horizons mission in 2018. Although this message is addressed to his descendants, it applies to all of us. Everyone should contribute to the protection and improvement of this planet we call home.

Alexander’s message is as follows:

Dear grandchildren,

You have not been born yet, and I do not know if I will ever meet you, so I’ve decided to record this message for you.

I’m on the International Space Station in the Cupola Observation Module gazing down at your beautiful planet. And although I’ve now almost spent a year of my life in space and looked at Earth every single day, I just can’t get enough of this view.

I know it probably sounds strange to you, but at the time the Space Station was built and was up here in orbit, not everyone was able to travel into space and see the Earth from a distance. Before me, only around 500 people had the chance. At this very moment, there are 7 billion people living down there on Earth and only three of them live in space. And when I look down at the planet, I think I need to apologise to you.

Right now, it looks like we – my generation – are not going to leave this planet in its best condition for you. Of course, in retrospect many people will say they weren’t aware of what we were doing. But in reality, we humans know that right now we’re polluting the planet with carbon dioxide, we’re making the climate reach tipping point, we’re clearing forests, we’re polluting the oceans with garbage, we’re consuming the limited resources far too quickly, and we’re waging mostly pointless wars.

And every one of us has to take a good look at themselves and think about where this is leading. I very much hope for our own sake that we can still get our act together and improve a few things. And I hope that we won’t be remembered by you as the generation who selfishly and ruthlessly destroyed your livelihood.

I’m sure you understand these things much better than my generation. And who knows, maybe we’ll learn something new, such as: taking a step always helps; this fragile spaceship called Earth is much smaller than most people can imagine; how fragile the Earth’s biosphere is and how limited its resources are; that it’s worth getting along with your neighbours; that dreams are more valuable than money and you have to give them a chance; that boys and girls can do things equally well, but that every one of you has one thing that he or she can do much better than all the others; that the simple explanations are often wrong and that one’s own point of view is always incomplete; that the future is more important than the past; that one should never fully grow up; and that opportunities only come along once. You have to take a risk for things that are worth it, and any day during which you discovered something new – one where you gazed beyond your horizon – is a good day.

I wish I could look into the future through your eyes, into your world and how you see it. Unfortunately, that is not possible and therefore the only thing that remains for me is to try to make your future the best one I can possibly imagine.

International Space Station – Commander of Expedition 57 – Alexander Gerst – 25 November 2018 – 400 km above the Earth’s surface
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How do astronauts return to Earth?

The ride home from the International Space Station sees the astronauts brake from 28 800 km/h to a standstill at touchdown in barely three hours. How does the Soyuz spacecraft reenter the atmosphere? And how does the capsule land?

Watch in just two minutes the sequence of events from farewell to landing. This video is based on a training lesson for ESA astronauts, and it features dramatic footage of actual landings.

To find out more, watch the extended version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l7MM9yoxII

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ESA; NASA; Roscosmos; S.P. Korolev Rocket; Space Corporation Energia; Aerospace Search and Rescue Service of the Russian Federation.

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Horizons mission time-lapse – highlights

Experience magical moments from ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s Horizons mission in this time-lapse of highlights from space.

Combining thousands of images taken by Alexander over more than six months, this Ultra High Definition video provides a glimpse into spacecraft operations and the beauty of Earth as seen from the International Space Station.

Marvel at orbital sunrises, dancing auroras, city lights, oceans, clouds, the Milky Way, the release of cargo vehicles, a Soyuz launch and more against the thin band of atmosphere that surrounds our planet.

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Music is Quantum and Time by Igor Dvorkin, Duncan Pittock and Ellie Kidd sourced from the Audio Network library.

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Horizons Mission Highlights

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst from Germany will shortly be returning to Earth after a long-duration stay on board the International Space Station (ISS). The Horizons mission coincided with the 20th anniversary of the start of ISS construction in orbit. During the mission, Alexander carried out a wide range of scientific experiments and took part in ISS operations – as well as becoming the second European commander of a Station expedition.

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Horizons mission – Installing life-support system with astronaut aid mobiPV

In September 2018 ESA’s next-generation life-support system on the International Space Station was installed. The facility recycles carbon dioxide in the air into water that can then be converted into oxygen reducing supplies sent from Earth by half.

Installing the life support rack in NASA’s Destiny laboratory is no easy task as the facility is larger than a human being and weighs over 650 kg on Earth. In addition many cables and pipes need to be connected to the Station’s infrastructure – including a pipe that vents waste methane from the recycling process directly into space.

Alexander set up the air and water drawer of the facility, including part of the Sabatier reactor on 10 September but was given an extra helping hand from ground control with an operational aid called the ‘mobile procedure viewer’ or mobiPV.

Usually an astronaut would have a computer nearby with step-by-step instructions to follow, but anybody who has tried repairing their car or even assembling furniture will agree this way of working has room for improvement – laying down tools to consult instructions is time-consuming and interrupts the work flow.

ESA’s solution to this problem sees astronauts wearing a smartphone on their wrist that connects to the Space Station’s procedure library and shows the instructions on-screen. Alexander could concentrate on the work at hand, without going back and forth to the computer.

Three sites in Germany were all connected and had full awareness of the installation as Alexander progressed step-by-step: the Columbus Control Centre near Munich, the European Astronaut Centre near Cologne and the facilities’ manufacturer Airbus in Friedrichshafen.

The mobile procedure viewer might seem simple but space operations allow little room for error and overcome technological challenges.

As the Space Station orbits Earth it loses radio contact for periods of up to eight minutes at a time. Alexander continued working during the periodic loss of signal but once communications were reestablished, mobiPV automatically and quickly brought all four teams up to speed.

As humans venture farther from Earth such as to a lunar gateway, life-support and communication with ground control will only become more challenging but last week’s operations on the Space Station are paving the way for exploration of our Solar System where greater autonomy and hands-free operations are important for planetary operations.

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Soyuz spacecraft launch time-lapse seen from space

This is what three astronauts being launched into space looks like – seen from space. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst took this time-lapse sequence from the International Space Station’s Cupola observatory on 3 December 2018.

Inside the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft were NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques and Roscosmos astronaut and Soyuz commander Oleg Konenenko. The trio blasted into orbit at 11:31 GMT from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docked with the International Space Station just six hours later.

Spacecraft are launched after the Space Station flies overhead. This allowed Alexander to set up a camera to take regular pictures at intervals that are played back to create this video.

The rocket leaves behind a trail of exhaust as it gains altitude and passes through the layers of Earth’s atmosphere.

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Credits: ESA/NASA.

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No planet B

A message from ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst from on board the International Space Station to mark the start #COP24, the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Katowice, Poland.

From his vantage point on the Space Station, Alexander explains how from space he can see Earth’s beauty, but also the fragility, “It is crystal clear from up here that everything is finite on this little blue marble in a black space, and there is no planet B.

This Space Station shows what is possible through cooperation across borders and generations. In 20 years of partnership we have carried out 100-fold more scientific research and exploration to benefit humanity than a single nation could do alone. I hope that same spirit of collaboration can help you find the best way forward.”

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