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Return to earth : Astro Alex the ISS command

Prior to Thursday planned to 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 on Tuesday evening in a ceremony in front of the camera, the space station, live stream Nasa.

The farewell to the space station, a picture from space that shows the view from the ISS to earth tweeted Gerst. To this end, he wrote: "On Thursday, Sergey, Serena and I will come aboard this ship again in the earth's atmosphere as a shooting Star back home. I'm going to miss this place!“

in addition, he shared a Video with his Fans, which summarizes the best moments of his stay in space in striking images.

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International space station ISS since 20 years in the foreign service

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land After about a half a year in space Astro "Alex" on Thursday, together with his US-colleague Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev with a Soyuz capsule in the Kazakh Steppe. 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. (dpa)

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