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Use on the ISS: Astro Alex command

Almost three months has resulted in "Astro Alex" the command of the International space station. Now, the German ESA Astronaut handed over the leadership to his Russian colleagues. Tomorrow he returns to earth.

Ahead of his return to earth, the German ISS-commander Alexander Gerst handed over the leadership of the space station to its Russian colleagues Oleg Kononenko. "Oleg, you're a very skilled commander, and this place will be in very good hands, your hands," said Gerst in a Handover ceremony in front of the camera, the space station, live stream NASA.

in Front of two and a half weeks of the cosmonaut Kononenko, U.S. astronaut Anne McClain, as well as the canadian David Saint-goods arrived Jacques on the ISS. On this Outpost of humanity in space to stay for six months. Last Kononenko, and the team had worked hard to edit a hole at the docked Russian space capsule.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst (center, top) with his successor as the ISS commander, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (center, below)

landing in the Kazakh Steppe

For Gerst the time is All over for now. At the beginning of October he took over command of the ISS. After a total of about a half a year in space Astro to land "-Alex" morning, together with his US-colleague Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev with a Soyuz capsule in the Kazakh Steppe. The arrival is scheduled for 6.03 PM.

After his return to Gerst will be in his hometown of Künzelsau with a Welcome Party to receive. However, the Celebration will take place in the summer, as a spokesman for the city said. An Open-Air is planned to Fete as 2015, according to Gersts first Mission in space. At the time, he had been an honorary citizen of the town, with 15,000 inhabitants, appointed.

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