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Plochingen, June 28, 2007

CeramTec High-Performance Ceramics on Permanent Loan to the Exhibition of German Astronautics

The small community of Morgenröthe Rautenkranz in the ridge region of the Erzgebirge/Vogtland is the spot of a one-of-a-kind collection of items related to space exploration and space travel: the Exhibition of German Astronautics. The exhibition’s main objective is to bring the benefits that space exploration offers humankind closer to a broad audience.

The first flight and rocket experiments are presented based on the historical delineation of the knowledge obtained on and the development of astronomy and humankind’s desire to leave our home planet. The exhibition also encompasses the earth’s first artificial satellites, the first Soviet and American men to visit space, the moon-landing program, nearby and intergalactic satellites and probes, and space stations from those in operation years ago to the new ISS International Space Station. Among some of the exhibition’s highlights are original space suits, spacecraft components and exploration devices along with a training module of the basic block of the MIR Space Station, in which many European astronauts completed the first stage of their training, an original NASA solar sail and unique footage from ESA and NASA.

The excellent relationship between the national and international space agencies and personal gifts from almost all of the missions carried out by German astronauts as well as a number of Russian and American astronauts and celebrities are all significant contributions to the exhibition’s uniqueness. For example, actor Tom Hanks presented the exhibition with the yellow-orange jacket and the NASA badge he wore as Commander "James Lovell" in the film "Apollo 13".

Exhibits like the one including the equipment from Tom Hanks, alias James Lovell, from the Film Apollo 13 or the training module from the MIR Space Station contribute to the uniqueness of the Exhibition of German Astronautics

In addition to a number of interesting exhibits that report of day-to-day life in the absence of gravity, a portion of the exhibition is also dedicated to space technology and the high-tech materials it requires. These materials include high-performance ceramics. CeramTec provided various ceramic components used in creating the design for the exhibition area from its product portfolio as a permanent loan. The intention is to demonstrate that, due to their superior properties, the materials have become indispensable in numerous areas besides aeronautics and space technology, such as electronics, automotive construction or medical technology. The idea is to inform visitors visually of the application possibilities for high-performance ceramics in endoprosthetics – as components for artificial hip and knee replacements.

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