“Fly Me to the Moon,” sang Frank Sinatra in 1964 in his world-famous interpretation of the song by Bart Howard. And even Jules Verne was so fascinated by the moon in the early 1870s that he immediately published a science fiction two-parter. The moon has always held a very special place in people’s minds. So much so that in the 1960s a gigantic race broke out between the two superpowers of the time, the USA and the USSR. The Apollo mission is still on everyone’s lips today. It is best known for Apollo 11 and the first steps of a human being on the moon and the near-disaster of Apollo 13, which was filmed by Hollywood in a blockbuster.
And today? Some 60 years later, the Earth’s satellite has once again become the focus of various space programmes. India, China, Russia, the USA and even Europe are drawn to the moon. Probably the best-known programme at present is Artemis, a multinational space programme with over 20 different nations as partners.
Together with astrophotographer Dr. Dietmar Hager, we will look at the moon this evening – with the fascinated eyes of a curious child who dreams of becoming an astronaut, but at the same time with the thoughtful looks of adults. We will also take a look into the crystal ball and dare to predict what a manned space flight to the moon might bring us earthlings …