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Alexander Gerst and the Blue Dot Mission

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17 February 2014 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.

Strapped on top of 274 tonnes of rocket propellants, they will be boosted to 28 000 km/h to arrive at the orbital outpost in less than seven hours.

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Alexander Gerst talks Blue Dot

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst introduces his mission name and logo: Blue Dot. Inspired by an image of Earth taken by the Voyager probes at the edge of our solar system. From afar our planet looks like a fragile spacecraft that needs protecting - it is the only spaceship we have.

Alexander will fly to the International Space Station and stay on our orbital outpost for six months running scientific experiments and maintaining the facility.

Credit: ESA

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Training for Blue Dot

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst recounts his training for his Blue Dot mission to the International Space Station in May. Alexander spent over four years learning science, survival techniques, new languages, robotic operations and Space Station systems to prepare for his mission.

Alexander discusses basic training, overseeing docking of ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle space freighter, spacewalk training in swimming pools, the merits of US and Russian spacesuits and the scientific experiments he will conduct.

Alexander will spend six months on the Space Station performing experiments and maintaining the weightless laboratory. He is part of Expedition 40/41 to be launched May 2014 on a Soyuz spacecraft with cosmonaut commander Maxim Surayev and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman.

Credit: ESA

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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