ILA: DLR working at dawn of new technological era
19 May 2014
To describe 2014 as a high-profile year for Germany s aeronautics and space research agency is to risk understatement. Next week, German astronaut Alexander Gerst will strap himself into a Soyuz rocket and begin a six-month stint aboard the International Space Station. And, as Gerst is preparing to come back home in November, engineers at the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum f r Luft- und Raumfahrt) will be making final preparations for one of the most audacious events in the history of space exploration to land on a comet (see box).