Review: Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum & Haus der Geschichte (06.03.2019)
We had a nice trip with you to the "Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum" in Cologne and "Haus der Geschichte" in Bonn on the 6th of March.
DLR - Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum
The first destination of that day was the DLR - The German Aeorspace Center near the aiport in Cologne and Bonn. Our tour guide welcomed us and we've got to see the first highlight of the tour: The European Space Agency (ESA). Their headquarter is in Paris, but the location in Cologne provides physical and mental preparation before going to space. In one of the areas, they have a large pool, where the astronauts prepare for their space trip and train how it feels like to work in zero gravity. Also after a visit at the International Space Station (ISS) the astronauts get mental and physical follow-ups. One of the science laboratories called Columbus was also contributed from ESA and is the largest contribution from ESA to the ISS. They recreated parts of the ISS and the Columbus Module in real size to train on them. Some of us even got a glimpse of the German astronaut Alexander Gerst, who walked by fast. It was still a precious moment. After the ESA we went to see the Microgravity User Support Center, short MUSC. This is a co-operative facility of two scientific institutes, Aerospace Medicine, Materials Science and Space Operations and Astronaut Training. Firstly, it contains the Mission Control Center of the MASCOT mission. MASCOT is the name of an asteroid lander, which touched the surface on the asteroid Ryugu (1993 JU3) on 3rd Ocotber 2018. From MUSC they can control the lander and the orbiter, which will material from the astronaut to bring back to earth. Our last stop was a high flux solar furnace. It can concentrate sunlight for different research purposes while creating temperatures above 2500°C. The furnace can melt a thick stainless steel plate in less than 30 seconds.
Haus der Geschichte - Bonn
The second stop of that day was at the Haus der Geschichte in the heart of Bonn. It is a museum financed by a foundation of the state so you do not have to pay any fee for your visit. The museum shows the German history from 1945 on. The exhibitions are presented in a very interesting and interactive way. There is a lot you can learn about the time after the Second World War and you get to know how the Cold War started. Again we had a guided tour through the museum, this time we all wore headsets so that we were able to listen to our guide even when we were further away. You walk through the different exhibitions and time areas and behind every corner, you find something interesting. We've learned a lot about the German history and we are happy to come back soon!
Some impressions of our trip: