Media are invited to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany on 17 April for ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst’s last news conference in Europe before his second launch into space.
The final countdown for Alexander’s second stay in orbit has begun. The mission is called Horizons to evoke exploring our Universe, looking far beyond our planet and broadening our knowledge. His first mission was called Blue Dot.
Alexander will be launched on 6 June with US astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft.
Alexander will take over command of the International Space Station for the second half of his mission. This is only the second time that a European astronaut will take up this leading position on the space outpost – the first was ESA astronaut Frank De Winne in 2009. Alexander Gerst is the 11th German citizen to fly into space.
The astronaut is now in the last stages of training for his challenging mission. The science programme is packed with European research: more than 50 experiments will deliver benefits to people back on Earth and prepare for future space exploration.
Journalists will have the opportunity to learn more about the Horizons mission, listen to brief contributions from science experts and ask Alexander questions.
Programme (times CEST)
The event will be presented in German and English.
|10:30||Welcome by Frank De Winne, Head of ESA’s European Astronaut Centre|
|“The European Astronaut Corps”, by ESA astronaut Tim Peake|
|“Horizons experiments”, by Volker Schmid, Head of DLR’s International Space Station team, and Matthias Sperl, DLR scientist|
|Lightning talks on Horizons science|
|11:15||Conversation with Alexander Gerst on science, exploration and his role as Station Commander|
|12:30||Media opportunity for shared interviews|
The event will be held at: ESA/EAC, Linder Hoehe, D-51147 Cologne, Germany
Media representatives with press or social media credentials are requested to register at: https://se.myconvento.com/public/event_register/do_register/2148144
Latest date for registration is 16 April.
The event will be livestreamed from 08:30 GMT (10:30 CEST) at: www.livestream.com/ESA/HorizonsNewsConference
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