ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is the first of ESA’s class of 2009 astronauts who was be sent into space for a second time, launching on Soyuz MS-09 together with NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps and Russian spacecraft commander Sergei Prokopyev in May 2018. His first mission, Blue Dot, in 2014, lasted from May to November 2014. Gerst has also been the first German Astronaut to be Captain of an international mission.
“Horizons are a symbol for the unknown and when I gaze at the horizon I cannot help but wonder what lies behind it. For this reason we run scientific experiments on the Space Station: we want to broaden our horizons as humankind.” A.G.
The visual essay shows the astronaut’s preparation process between Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas, where human spaceflight training, research, and flight control are conducted and Star City – a common name of an area in Zvyozdny gorodok, Moscow Oblast, Russia, which has since the 1960s been home to the Yuri Gagarin.