German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is scheduled to return to Earth tomorrow (20 December) with his crewmates, NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergei Prokopyev. On the morning of Saturday 22 December 2018, media are invited to attend a press conference at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre in Cologne. Design & Data will be providing the livestream for ESA.
Alexander will stay in command of the Space Station until the end of his Horizons mission, logging a total of 197 days in space. By then he will have spent more days in space than any other European astronaut: 363 days, almost whole year in orbit across two missions. The crew are scheduled to land with their Soyuz spacecraft in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 05:03 UTC, 11:03 local time.
Alexander will then fly from the landing site in Kazakhstan to the ESA’s astronaut centre in Cologne, Germany, via Norway. Although the mission might seem to be over, researchers are eager to run more tests at the ‘:envihab‘ facilities to see how Alexander’s body has dealt with six months in space – many more blood draws, tests and sample-sessions await.
On Saturday 22 December from 11:15 to 12:15 CET, Alexander Gerst will be joined by ESA’s Director General Jan Wörner and Frank De Winne, Head of the European Astronaut Centre EAC and Lead ISS Operations, to answer questions. The livestream of the press conference will be viewable at: https://livestream.com/ESA/GerstPostFlightConference
For more information on the Horizons mission visit: http://alexandergerst.esa.int