What is the limit of space exploration
The cultural importance of space travel
On Thursday, April 12th, Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Blome gave a lecture on "The cultural significance of space travel" in the Studium Generale series at Furtwangen University. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. in lecture hall I 0.17 on the Furtwangen campus, Unterallmendstraße 21; Admission is free.
The journey of humans to the moon and the positioning of astronomical telescopes in space is not only a technical achievement, but also the consequence of mathematical science. Although the progress of space travel was largely determined by strategic interests, it has deeper roots and is embedded in the overall context of culture and science. Astronomy and space research have their roots in the endeavor to understand the position of man in the spatial expanse and the temporal horizon of the history of nature. We want to know what is beyond the limit of our knowledge. This desire characterizes people - this is how the physicist and natural philosopher Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker put it.
After the intensive exploration of the planets of our solar system, manned expeditions are a logical consequence in the future, but interplanetary space travel has also revealed the difficulty of human existence in a cosmic environment hostile to human life. The journey into space is not simply a continuation of the voyages of discovery on planet earth.
Hans-Joachim Blome studied physics and astronomy at the Universities of Clausthal, Bonn and Cologne and received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Cologne. From 1988 he worked as a research assistant at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and worked in the project management of the Spacelab project D-2 Mission. He spent a research semester at NASA and at the Institute for Advanced Space Studies in Houston and was one of the German delegates on the Science Program Committee of the European Space Agency (ESA). Since 1999 he has been teaching and researching as a professor for the subjects of physics and celestial mechanics at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences in the field of space technology. His fields of work are gravitational physics, space flight dynamics and cosmology. He is a member of the German Physical Society, Astronomical Society and the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Society Knowledge and Responsibility.
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