Astronaut Maurer reveals: “Sometimes I have to pinch myself” free Press

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Astronaut Maurer has been on the ISS for two months. A nice variation with German school classes is Question Hour. He also reveals his difficult path to the top.


After two months on the International Space Station, German ESA astronaut Mathias Maurer is still fascinated by life in space.

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself and ask: Am I really in space? Did my dream really come true, or am I just sleeping and dreaming?” Maurer said during a video question-and-answer session with seven German school classes. He worked for this dream for a long time.

Maurer can’t be beat

Saarlander, 51, told the children, “There were ups and downs and sometimes moments when I thought maybe it shouldn’t be, maybe I just have to give up on this dream.” But he is such a person who does not give up easily even in difficulties. “I’ve been here for two months now and I rediscover my dream every day.”

According to the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Maurer unrolled a ten-metre-tall cloth banner with painted self-portraits of students holding hands aboard the ISS. Maurer emphasized: “This “worldwide hands-on-hand” campaign shows very well that we can achieve a lot if we work together peacefully. According to the DLR, strip of images with the space transporter It should be back on Earth in a few weeks.The schools involved then got their sections back with official confirmation that the image was in space.

Astronauts from the European Space Agency (ESA) flew to the ISS on November 11 with three colleagues from the US space agency NASA. Maurer is the twelfth German in space and the fourth on the ISS. About 400 kilometers above Earth, they have to experiment for about six months and complete an outlandish mission. (dpa)

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