Alexander Gerst arrived along with Sergey Prokopyev (Russia) and Serena Aunon-Chancellor (USA) at the International Space Station (ISS) last Friday. Since then, he and his colleagues have had four days to adjust to microgravity, get settled, move all the equipment for their scientific experiments — and their personal belongings — into racks and other places.
Astro-Alex Takes Off
On their arrival, Gerst, Prokopyev and Aunon-Chancellor were welcomed by three other astronauts who were already there: Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemiev. The old-hands gave the new crew members a tour of the ISS to show them what s new up there.
For Alexander Gerst, some things may have changed, since his last stay in space in 2014.
On Tuesday, he has a first opportunity to tell the world about any changes, and how it feels to be back in space. He gives his first inflight press call from the Horizons mission to a small group of journalists at the European Astronaut Center (EAC) in Cologne.