Many people don’t even know what accomplishments space travel has brought them. The industry faces even greater challenges. But for this, German policy must create better framework conditions, especially for “New Space” companies.
Essay by Dieter Sürig
When astronaut Alexander Gerst worked on the International Space Station ISS in 2014 and 2018 and tweeted photos of Earth, there was great excitement in Germany. It will be the same with Matthias Maurer, who is due to start for the ISS this Sunday. This is how many children and young people experience their “Apollo moment” – as in 1969, when the first humans flew into space with the rocket of the same name and landed on the moon. Now they also want to become astronauts, which is why they are studying a natural science subject. The models are now geoscientist Gerst or materials scientist Maurer.