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Sky disk copy flies into space with astronaut Maurer

2021-10-27T15:43:49.744Z

Matthias Maurer will fly to the ISS space station on October 31st with a copy of the sky disk. The Esa astronaut apparently has a special relationship with the archaeological find.



Matthias Maurer will fly to the ISS space station on October 31st with a copy of the sky disk.

The Esa astronaut apparently has a special relationship with the archaeological find.

Halle - The German Esa astronaut Matthias Maurer will take a scaled-down copy of the Nebra Sky Disc into space to the international space station ISS.

"It is both a great pleasure and an honor for us that Mr. Maurer incorporated the Nebra Sky Disc into his mission logo and that it will now accompany him in the form of a replica on the ISS," said regional archaeologist Harald Meller on Wednesday.

This underlines once again the importance of the sky disc not only for Saxony-Anhalt and Central Germany, but also for humanity as a whole.

Maurer had previously confirmed to Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk that he would take a copy on board.

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Astronaut Matthias Maurer (51) is expected to fly to the International Space Station ISS with three colleagues on October 30th.

The European space agency Esa announced on Friday in Cologne that the new start date was set at 8:43 a.m.

That is a day earlier than previously planned.

The alternative date is October 31 at 7.21 a.m.

After taking off from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral (Florida), the astronaut from Saarland will be the twelfth German in space - and the fourth German on the ISS.

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The copy with a diameter of 20 centimeters is made of hand-colored epoxy resin with glass fiber reinforcement and gives an impression that is true to the original.

The cushions, which represent the sickle and full moon, stars, horizon arcs and solar barge, are made of gold.

As the twelfth German in space, Maurer's spacesuit is also adorned with a patch with the logo of the stylized sky disc.

Among other things, you can see the earth, the moon and the star cluster of the Pleiades.

Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) also said in view of the mission: “The sky disk as the oldest representation of the cosmos on the ISS also draws international attention to the rich cultural heritage of Saxony-Anhalt.

Our state with its unique culture and history is thus present in space. "

With an age of more than 3,600 years, the Nebra Sky Disc is considered to be the world's oldest representation of concrete celestial phenomena.

In 2013 it was included in the UNESCO “Memory of the World” register.

The “Cosmic Kiss” mission is scheduled to start on October 31 at 2.21 am local time (7.21 am CET).

Maurer is already in the US state of Florida.

He would be the fourth German on the ISS.

Maurer and his three NASA colleagues Raja Chari, Thomas H. Marshburn and Kayla Barron are transported in the "Crew Dragon" of the space company SpaceX by Elon Musk.

They take off from the spaceport in Cape Canaveral.

On the ISS, Maurer will carry out numerous experiments over a period of around six months at an altitude of around 400 kilometers and will also complete an outdoor assignment.

dpa

Source: merkur

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