For the German Space Exhibition in Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz, Design & Data created a 30-minute film documentary about the International Space Station ISS.
It shows the elaborate preparations necessary for the start of a carrier rocket, the astronauts‘ training and their daily life in space. All of this shown with exciting, fascinating video footage from the ESA archive.
The new film in the museum cinema of the German Space Exhibition begins with the last start of a space shuttle. The start of the Endeavour on May 16, 2011 in Florida was the end of the space shuttle era after 30 years. As usual, cameras were really up close, catching the ignition of the engines, the explosion of the huge steam cloud, and the astronauts in their capsule shivering with excitement while heading for space.
From Start to Landing
The first of three sections of the film explains the elaborate training of the space travellers. They need to learn a lot. Complicated docking manoeuvres on computers in Cologne, excruciating start simulations in Moscow and dizzying gravity trainings in Toulouse. These are only a few of the many trials future astronauts have to pass. With a few training units, they learn to operate scientific tools, others are for controlling the spacecraft.
In the second part of the film the team experiences their day to day routine in space on board of the ISS. It’s structured and follows an exact schedule. Material tests, repairs of the outer casing. Fitness trainings and everyday personal care in zero gravity are shown.
The last part of the film is about the existence of the space station in hostile to life space. The sensitivity of the thin shell of the space station can be scary. The team needs supplies and the transport of the team back to Earth must be planned carefully in order to minimize risks. Atmospheric imagery of our planet round off the technical information.
A modern space exhibition
In Vogtland, near the Czech border in the small town of Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz, astronaut Sigmund Jähn grew up.
In 1978 he was the first German to fly into space with the Russian INTERKOSMOS-program.
One year later his home community opened the “Permanent Exhibition of the First Shared Cosmos Flight USSR – GDR” in his honor. After the reunification, the location of the exhibition was kept, because the first West German astronaut, Ulf Merbold, had grown up only 40 kilometres away from Sigmund Jähn in Greif.
After the turnaround, the East German exhibition was turned into an all-German space travel exhibition. 2007 it was renovated and expanded by a few square meters. Nowadays, about 70.000 visitors come to the little village every year: technicians and scientists, space travel fans and visitors interested in technology from all over the world. They marvel at original space suits, disused satellites, and parts of the Russian space station MIR.
With the new film about the ISS the museum is getting a new, impressive highlight.