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Alexander GERST

ESA astronaut, Germany

DATA AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
He was born on May 3, 1976 in Kunzelsan city, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.

EDUCATION:
In 1995 he graduated from technical school in Ohringen city, Germany.
In October 1999 he received the degree of Bachelor of Science in the field of physics and geophysics at Universitat Karlsruhe.
In April 2003 he received academic degree of Master of Science in geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
In December 2003 he graduated from the Physical Department of Universitat Karlsruhe and got the diploma in geophysics.
In 2010 he got the degree of Doctor of Natural Sciences at Institute of Geophysics, University of Hamburg.

HONORS AND AWARDS:
Berndt Rendel Award for Distinguished Research of German Research Fund (DFG).

HOBBY: Mountaineering, scuba diving, parachute free-fall jumps, fencing, snowboard, walking.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Since 2005 he has been doing research work. He took part in several expeditions to Antarctic Continent and climbing volcano Mount Erebus. In 2005 he participated in expedition to volcano Erta Ale (Ethiopia).
By the time of being taken on the staff of Astronauts Corps, he has been doing research at the Institute of geophysics, University of Hamburg.
On May 20, 2009 he was selected to ESA astronauts corps during the fourth recruitment. Upon completion of general space training course, at the formal ceremony held on November 22, 2010 at European Astronaut Center at Cologne, Germany, he was given ESA Astronaut Certificate.
On September 13, 2010 he arrived at Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center to take part in training session. Training program scheduled to be carried out till November 14, 2010 included learning of Russian language, preliminary training as an introduction to the ISS Russian Segment, Soyuz space vehicle and spacesuit Sokol, as well as flying by special plane Tu-134 to conduct visual-instrumental observations.
On August 24, 2011 it was reported that he had been appointed prime crew flight engineer of Soyuz TMA space vehicle, the launch of which was slated for May 2014. On September 18, 2011 that appointment was confirmed in ESA - issued press release PR 23 2011.
On April 2, 2012 he proceeded to the next stage of training as the member of ISS-40/41 prime crew. Flight training plan at Yu.A. Gagarin CTC covers study of the structure and the system of transport manned vehicle Soyuz TMA-M and ISS Russian Segment, conduct of training sessions on actions to be undertaken in case of landing in different climatic-geographic zones. Also the program provides for separate elements of biomedical training, as well as learning Russian language.

On October 17, 2013 integrated examination training of the Soyuz TMA-11 MTV backup crew occurred together with Maxim Suraev (Roscosmos, Russia) and Reid Wiseman (NASA, USA) on the ISS RS simulator. The training result was evaluated as excellent.
On October 18, 2013 the backup crew passed training on the Soyuz TMA simulator. Upon completion of training the examination commission evaluated the crew actions as excellent. During this training the crew passed the examination in a "long-term" (50 hours, 34 orbits) and a "short-term" (6 hours, 4 orbits) rendezvous schemes of the vehicle and the Station.
On November 6, 2013 by decision of the State Commission for flight tests of the manned space complexes Gerst was approved as flight engineer-2 of the Soyuz TMA-11 MTV backup crew.
On November 7, 2013 at the Soyuz TMA-11M MTV launch he was a backup of the vehicle flight engineer-2.

On May 6, 2014 GERST began to pass comprehensive training as a flight engineer of the prime crew of the ISS-40/41 together with the vehicle commander Maxim Suraev and flight engineer Gregory Wiseman. That day the examination training was provided on the ISS Russian Segment, for which the crew received an excellent mark. On May 7 the crew passed the test training on the Soyuz TMA simulator for which he also received an excellent mark.
On May 8, 2014 at the meeting of the State Interdepartmental Commission Alexander Gerst was approved as the prime crewmember. On May 27, 2014 at Baikonur at the State Commission meeting for Flight Testing of Manned Space Systems he was approved as flight engineer-2 of the prime crew of the Soyuz TMA-13M MTV.

Alexander Gerst performed his first space flight at a period of May 28 to November 10, 2014 as flight engineer-2 of the Soyuz TMA-22 vehicle and the ISS-40/41 flight engineer together with Maxim Suraev and Gregory Wiseman. During the flight on October 07, 2014 he performed one EVA of the duration of 06 hr 13 min. The flight duration was 165 days 7 hr 1 min.

On May 18, 2016 Director of the European Space Agency Jan Woerner announced at a press conference in Cologne about Gerst assignment to in the prime crew of the Soyuz MS-09 vehicle and his appointment as commander of the 57-th Expedition to the ISS of the duration of 3 months.
In July 2016 the crew consisting of Aleksandr Samokutyaev, Janet Epps and Alexander Gest passed training in water survival in localities near Moscow. The crews performed the necessary tasks of dry, long and short trainings.
On January 28, 2017 in the forest near Moscow the crew consisting of Anton Shkaplerov, Jeanette Epps and Alexander Gerst began training in actions after landing in the wooded and marshy area in winter.

On November 28, 2017 at Yu.A. Gagarin CTC he together with Sergei Prokopiev and Jeanette Epps passed a comprehensive test training on the ISS Russian Segment. On November 29, 2017 the crew passed the examination training on the Soyuz simulator.
On November 30, 2017 by decision of the Interdepartmental Commission (IDC) he was approved and appointed as flight engineer-2 of the Soyuz MS-09 prime crew.
On December 16, 2017 at a meeting of the State Commission for Flight Tests of Manned Space Complexes at the Baikonur Cosmodrome Gerst was approved and appointed as a flight engineer of the backup crew of Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft.
On December 17, 2017 during the launch of the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft he was a backup of the spacecraft flight engineer.

May 2018.
Based on materials from web site www.astronaut.ru.