Alexander Gerst touches back down to Earth Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features an interview with astronaut Alexander Gerst just hours after he completed the Horizons space mission.
On December 20, 2018, Gerst arrived back on the Earth along with fellow crew members Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Sergei Prokopyev.
The astronauts traveled in the same Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that carried them to the International Space Station over six months earlier.
This interview was captured at the German Aerospace Centre in Cologne, Germany. Some of Gerst’s background and appearance is incorporated into the character of Alex Vogel, a German astronaut and part of the crew of the Hermes vessel in the 2015 science-fiction film The Martian.
Gerst studied at the University of Karlsruhe (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Germany, where he received a degree in geophysics with distinction. As seen above in the video Alexander Gerst touches back down to Earth explaining the mission and how amazing it was. After 165 days in zero gravity, Alexander Gerst, who wowed the world with his photos from space, flashed a broad grin as he landed on Earth safely with two of his crew members.
From 1998 to 2003 Gerst participated in several international scientific collaborations and field experiments, including some in remote locations such as Antarctica
Video Credit: European Space Agency