LIVE TALK WITH ESA ASTRONAUT MATTHIAS MAURER AND EVENT SPECIALIST BERND BREITER AT GERMAN EXPO PAVILION
CAMPUS GERMANY PRESENTS EVENT HIGHLIGHT IN THE CONTEXT OF EXPO SPACE WEEK
The German Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai featured an extensive programme in the context of the Expo’s Space Week. In addition to various interactive sessions, such as quizzes, gaming and dance, this week’s highlight was a live talk with Matthias Maurer, the German European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, who talked about his upcoming space mission “Cosmic Kiss” at the Culture Lab of the German Pavilion. The overall responsibility for the German Expo participation lies with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, which has commissioned Koelnmesse to organise and run the project.
This week, the programme on the pavilion’s Culture Stage focused on the topic of space. The highlight was a live interview with the ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer on Friday evening, who is currently in the USA preparing for his first space mission entitled “Cosmic Kiss”. Matthias Maurer will be launched to the International Space Station ISS on 31 October 2021 for his first space mission. He will fly on a SpaceX Crew Dragon launched from Florida in the USA and be accompanied by NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn as well as Kayla Barron. The interview with the astronaut, in which he talked about his upcoming space mission, was broadcast live from Houston.
“Ever since people looked into the night sky, they wondered: ‘How did the universe begin? Is there life somewhere else in the universe?’ These are the big questions that humans have been asking themselves. Few people have the chance to fly to space, that's why I want to take them along and share my emotions, share everything that I can see and live in space, and also talk about science from space. That's why I asked my friend Bernd Breiter to help us share this information with his means, because he is a mastermind of connecting people”, Maurer said.
In the live talk, Matthias Maurer talked to the CEO of the entertainment company BigCityBeats, Bernd Breiter, about his "Entertainment meets Space" vision. The goal: to unite entertainment and science and to spread the fascination for the topic of science among more and more people. In cooperation with the European Space Agency, other extraordinary events have already been organised.
Over the next few months, visitors to the German Pavilion can expect a varied cultural programme with acts from the fields of dance, music, science, sports, gaming and visual arts.
You can watch a recording of the interview here.