PhD geophysicist who studied in Karlsruhe, New Zealand and Hamburg; Alexander Gerst is a German astronaut who was part of the International Space Station crew from May to November 2014.
Born May 3, 1976, Gerst was highly active under the Twitter handle @Astro_Alex during his stay in space. This page collates DW's latest content related to Alexander Gerst.
Germany has a new astronaut. Europe has one too. His name is Matthias Maurer, and he looks set to join the heady ranks of Germany's celebrity astronaut Alexander Gerst - "Astro Alex." Also in the show: A mobile telescope is bringing the universe to children in Kenya. Donating money to homeless people – with your credit card. Italy's underwater veggie patch.
Here's the scene: 17 young scientists, holding awards. All 17 are men. There's one woman, a doctor in aeronautics - but she's handing out the prizes. Clearly she's an exception. And she's banging a drum for women.
Alexander Gerst is headed back to space - and will become the first German to take command of the International Space Station. The news was made public during Chancellor Merkel's visit to the German Aerospace Center.