After his return from the International space station (ISS) is pleased to announce the German ESA Astronaut Alexander Gerst on a Christmas in the family circle. He will now spend two days at home and “with my family to celebrate Christmas,” said Gerst in Cologne on Saturday in a press conference after his second space flight. “I am really happy that I have the time with my family”.

Because of his long-term stay on the ISS, he had no Christmas gifts to get, “but I have been assured, that’s not the point of this year,” said the 42-Year-old. His fitness program after more than six months in zero gravity, he had to continue on the holidays. Therefore, were “push-UPS under the Christmas tree” on his program.

“I am for the flights available”

On the question of possible plans for a third space flight Gerst said, another use as an ESA-Astronaut “of course, my decision”. He belong to the ESA astronaut corps, “that is to say, I am available for flights”. For now it is but a “turn,” added Gerst.