Prof. Dr. Reinhold Ewald | TEDxMannheim

Topic of the talk
The View from above – Sci Fi has become reality

Prof. Dr. Reinhold Ewald (ENG)

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20 days in space, lessons for a lifetime

After studying experimental physics at the University of Cologne, Dr. Reinhold Ewald was selected for the German Astronaut Team in 1990 and started training for the Russian/German missions to the space station MIR. In 1997 he spent 20 days in space as researcher/cosmonaut during the second German–Russian mission, Mir’97. In 1999 he joined the European Space Agency and became a member ESA‘s European Astronaut Corps at the European Astronaut Centre Cologne. He is currently a Professor for Astronautics and Space Stations at the Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart on secondment from ESA.

Reinhold, how would you end the following sentence?
What if ... I hadn’t read Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Sentinel” and watched Stanley Kubrick’s “2001-a Space Odyssey”? Would I still stand here?

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