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Angela Merkel and Alexander Gerst
19-05-2016 01:59 PM CEST

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Angela Merkel and Alexander Gerst

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The news that Alexander has been assigned a new mission to the International Space Station was announced in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel by ESA Director General Jan Woerner at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany on 18 May.

Alexander will fulfil the role of commander during the second part of his six-month mission in 2018.

The European Astronaut Centre is a training facility and home base for all European astronauts. It is a centre of excellence for astronaut training and medical support.

Credit: ESA–Grothues

Alexander commander of ISS announcement
19-05-2016 01:59 PM CEST

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Alexander commander of ISS announcement

The news that ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has been assigned a new mission to the International Space Station was announced in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel by ESA Director General Jan Woerner at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany on 18 May 2016.

From left: Chairwoman of the board of German aerospace centre DLR Pascale Ehrenfreund, ESA Director General Jan Woerner, ESA astronauts Jean-François Clervoy and Alexander Gerst, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Pedro Duque

Alexander will fulfil the role of commander during the second part of his six-month mission in 2018.

The European Astronaut Centre is a training facility and home base for all European astronauts. It is a centre of excellence for astronaut training and medical support.

Credit: ESA–Grothues

Joint team
19-05-2016 11:14 AM CEST

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Joint team

Operations Image of the Week:

This week a unique, combined team of specialists are conducting final training at ESA’s ESOC mission control centre to prepare for the 24 May launch of Europe’s next Galileo satellites – a dual launch on a Soyuz rocket from Kourou.

The team comprises over 40 experts drawn from ESA and from France’s CNES space agency, supported by additional specialists at both agencies in areas such as flight dynamics and ground stations.

Within the combined flight control team, each position is paired with its counterpart from the other agency and mixed ‘CNESOC’ shifts will rotate to conduct operations around the clock.

The same team conducts all the Galileo early operations alternately from ESOC and from the CNES control centre in Toulouse, France.

By launch day, the teams will have completed a very demanding series of joint simulation training sessions at ESOC, complemented by more specific training conducted separately at each control centre. Joint sessions are especially important to develop team bonds ‘on-console’ – so individuals get to know who will be working beside them and can foster one-on-one teamwork and mutual support.

Today’s image includes the three Flight Operations Directors and three Spacecraft Operations Managers who will work together with their teams in each of three shifts during the nine-day early operations phase.

From left: Hélène Cottet (CNES), Remi Lapeyre (CNES), Liviu Stefanov (ESA), Christelle Crozat (ESA), Thomas Cowell (ESA) and Hervé Côme (ESA).

Credit: ESA

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