Laboratory in Space: Hot on the Trails of Cartilage Degradation

On November 10, 2014, astronaut Alexander Gerst will return to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS). He is not just anxiously expected by his family, but also by Dr. Anna-Maria Liphardt from the Institute of Biomechanics and Orthopedics at the German Sport University Cologne (German: Institut für Biomechanik und Orthopädie der Deutschen Sporthochschule Köln, DSHS).


Photo: Dr. Anna-Maria Liphardt

Dr. Anna-Maria Liphardt; ©private

Photo: Alexander Gerst takes a blood sample from himself

On other missions, astronaut Alexander Gerst had to take up to 23 blood samples; © ESA/NASA

Photo: Alexander Gerst in space

Alexander Gerst looks through a window in the cupola; ©ESA

Photo: Simone Ernst; Copyright: B. Frommann

©B. Frommann