Eleven Germans have so far voyaged into outer space, all of them men. Now Germany is looking for its first woman astronaut. DW meets two candidates - a fighter pilot and a surgeon.
German astronaut Alexander Gerst has revealed that his new mission to the International Space Station will be called "Horizons." The 41-year-old will be the station's first German commander on his 2018 trip.
On Monday Alexander Gerst will present the patch of his next mission to the International Space Station, where he is set to become its first German commander. The ESA will also announce the mission's full schedule.
Eleven Germans have so far voyaged into outer space, all of them men. Now Germany is looking for its first woman astronaut. 86 candidates are left on the list. We meet two: a fighter jet pilot and a surgeon.
Nicola Baumann and Insa Thiele-Eich are the winners of the "Die Astronautin" competition. One of them will be the first German woman in space - if the initiative can scrape together 40 million euros in funding.
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