Esa boss after Soyuz mishap: Still unclear if Gerst stays longer in space – Panorama

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By red / dpa October 11, 2018 – 1:35 pm Alexander Gerst's mission runs until December. If he had to stay in space longer because of the breakdown of the Russian Soyuz rocket, everything would be there, said the head of the European Space Agency.
Gerst is located on the ISS about 400 kilometers above the earth since June.

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Paris – After the emergency landing of two space travelers on the way to the International Space Station ISS is not yet decided on a possible extension of the mission of Alexander Gerst. "It is now too early, it depends very much on how fast you can find the cause and exclude for the future," said Europe Space Director Jan Wörner on Thursday the German Press Agency. Gerst's mission on the outpost of humanity runs until December. If Gerst had to stay in space longer because of the breakdown of the Russian Soyuz rocket, everything would be there for it, said Wörner, who heads Europe's space agency Esa.

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Gerst is located on the ISS about 400 kilometers above the earth since June. He is currently the first German to take command of the flying laboratory. The 42-year-old from Künzelsau (Baden-Württemberg) would not be the first German to involuntarily perform longer service in the cosmos. Already in 1995 Thomas Reiter got caught – he had to wait more than a month on the Russian space station Mir until a rocket was ready for his replacement.
Esa boss Wörner stressed that the security arrangements had apparently worked successfully, and the two spacemen could land safely. "Of course you will look for the causes before you start again," he said. "I hope that the enjoyable (international) cooperation will not be disturbed." Wörner does not expect an end to the Soyuz model. "I do not think so."

 
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