German astronaut Matthias Maurer on the ISS. are on the way

German astronaut Matthias Maurer on the ISS.  are on the way

German astronaut Mathias Maurer successfully launched into space on Thursday morning. The SpaceX rocket took off as planned with the four astronauts at 3.03 a.m. German time.

NS SpaceXThe Dragon rocket with German astronaut Matthias Maurer is on its way to the International Space Station. He got up early in the morning as planned Cape Canaveral Distant. Shortly after reaching the designated altitude, the rocket’s first stage was dropped, which landed safely back on Earth. “It was a perfect start,” NASA manager Steve Stich later said.

German flight to the ISS: Mathias Maurer has been preparing for his trip for ten years – you can see how in the video. (Source: T-Online)

german astronaut sikandar barley Given to his colleague Matthias Maurer after leaving for the International Space Station ISS Congratulations on “Picture Book Start” on Thursday. “From my point of view it was a great start,” said Gerst of the German Press Agency at the spaceport in Cape Canaveral. “I stayed out until the very end and watched them while they were in orbit, until the engines stopped – and that was good.” Everything “went great”.

After nearly 22 hours of flight, Maurer and his NASA colleagues Thomas Marshburn, Raja Chari and Kayla Barone – the so-called “Crew 3” – are due to dock with the ISS on Friday. Maurer is now the twelfth German in space, the fourth on the ISS – and the first to fly aboard the Elon Musk-owned “Crew Dragon” for the private space agency SpaceX. It is the third astronaut transport to the ISS with a spacecraft from SpaceX, before there was already a successful manned test with the “Crew Dragon”.

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The cloth turtle hovers over the capsule

The crew around German astronaut Matthias Maurer carried a clothes turtle into space as a weightless mascot. When weightlessness began Thursday after take-off from Cape Canaveral Spaceport in the US state of Florida, the plush toy floated, demonstrating its new position. Two of Maurer’s NASA collaborators, Raja Chari and Kayla Barron, are related to a selection of astronauts who are affectionately known as “Turtles”.

German astronaut Matthias Maurer temporarily said goodbye to Earth via Twitter, hours before his planned launch to the International Space Station (ISS). “Our Dragon has waited too long,” Maurer wrote Tuesday – alluding to the multiple postponements of “Crew Dragon” debut with Maurer and his trio NASAAllies must fly to the ISS. “Next updates are coming from orbit!” Maurer thanked his French colleague, Thomas Pesquet, who returned from the ISS earlier this week, for his support – and for “preparing my bed”.

had asian food to say goodbye

German astronaut Matthias Maurer looks at the camera as he is carried to the launch pad of a SpaceX rocket. (Source: John Roux / DPA)

There was an Asian menu on Tuesday for the traditional farewell dinner, Maurer also announced on Twitter. Among other things, papaya salad and various curries were on the menu. According to Maurer, other traditions prior to the start include a card game between the senior astronaut of the crew and the head of NASA’s Astronaut Office until the astronaut wins, and entering the “crew”. One wall in the first supply tower includes the astronauts’ signatures. Dragon” capsule.

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Maurer is scheduled to conduct several experiments on the ISS at an altitude of about 400 kilometers for about six months, and an astronaut from the European Space Agency (ESA) is also expected to complete an external mission. The last time a German ESA astronaut was Alexander Gerst in space was in 2018.

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