50 years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon and wrote human history. On the occasion of this breakthrough event, the Research Center TUBS.digital and the TUBS.digital-Research Lab TUBS.space invited to a Space Night on 19 July 2019.
In the sold out large hall of the C1 Cinema in Brunswick the Space Night was opened by Prof. Sándor Fekete, spokesman of the board of TUBS.digital. Prof. Harald Michalik, speaker of TUBS.space, introduced the audience to the space activities and mission participations of TU Braunschweig, which started a few month after the moon landing in 1969. Prof. Michalik himself is currently involved in numerous missions in space.
Martin Polak from Planet, the operator of the world’s largest satellite swarm, gave groundbreaking insights into current satellite research and explained how satellites will influence and facilitate future life on Earth. Martin Polak is Deputy Managing Director of Planet Labs in Berlin.
As a special highlight of the Space Night, ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter spoke on the cinema stage about the exploration of space. His fascinating lecture focused on the benefits and opportunities of diverse research in space. Thomas Reiter was the first German to walk in space. He spent more than 350 days on the MIR and ISS space stations. Today, Mr Reiter is ESA coordinator for international agencies and advises the Director General.
The crowning glory of the Space Night was the documentary “Apollo 11” (2019). Director Todd Douglas Miller used unpublished footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio for this documentary on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
A special thanks to all lecturers and the C1 Cinema for making this special event possible. Furthermore we would like to thank all our 450 guests for their wide interest!
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