Born: 3 May 1976
Hobbies: fencing, swimming and running, skydiving, snowboarding, hiking, mountaineering, climbing and scuba diving
Alexander graduated from the Technical High School in Germany in 1995. He studied geophysics at University and then completed a master’s degree in Earth Sciences in New Zealand. During his school education, Gerst also volunteered as a fire-fighter and water rescue lifeguard. He is studying volcanic eruption dynamics at the Institute of Geophysics in Germany.
Gerst was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009.
Last modified 11 November 2010