The new space consortium lifts off
The history of spaceflight started already quite a while ago at the early 20th century inspired by fiction writers such as Jules Verne of H.G. Wells. But at that time there hardly anybody would have thought that many years later mankind is able to look back at great achievements in space travel. Who does not know Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin who were the first two men to set their feet on the Moon in 1969, with the landing of Apollo 11. Also well know is the International Space Station (ISS), the habitable artificial satellite circling the globe every one and a half hour with an altitude of between 330 and 435 km. Not only those success stories, but also big tragedies like the Challenger space shuttle explosion in 1986, will remain in our memories.