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.
From his unique perspective on the International Space Station, Alexander Gerst sent back images of Germany parched and brown due to the heatwave. But the situation in his home region should improve before he returns.
On this week’s show we’re going to take a look at the EU’s new data protection laws. And we’ll meet somebody who offered all of his facebook data on ebay, partly to see what it was worth – and partly to prove a point. We’re also gearing up for Alexander Gerst's launch on Wednesday. What science will he be doing up on the ISS, how is he getting kids involved, and how did he get so ripped?
On this week’s show, we’re going to take a look ahead to German astronaut Alexander Gerst’s new space mission. It’s called Horizons, and it will bring him back to the ISS in June. The Deutsche Welle science team was given exclusive access to the European Astronaut Center this week, so if you’d like to know what it takes to be an astronaut, please tune in to this special edition of Spectrum.
Can you eat rice in space? Do we digest food differently in zero g's? And also, why can't astronauts eat as much salt as down here on Earth? Join us as we try the space food dishes unveiled for the upcoming mission to the ISS.