Final Countdown


Today was the last day for testing. However, the day started with a visit of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Swiss Space Office (SSO). Johann-Dietrich Wörner, director general of ESA, listened to the projects of the teams, gave a short speech and answered the questions of the participants. Most of the questions were about manned lunar missions, which, according to him, will take place no later than 2025/ 2026. We were very pleased that Jan Wörner took the time for us.

Afterwards we carried out final tests and were able to show that the coredogs also work. The old problem with the drilling depth could not be solved. This will be the core of the subsequent analysis. After lunch we disassembled our experiment and put it back into the transport boxes. This concludes the test phase.

In the evening there is a gala evening, which marks the end of the Field Campaign. Tomorrow 3/6 team members will drive back to Aachen. The remaining three help to disassemble the habitat until Tuesday.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone: First of all our sponsors and supporters who made this project possible for us. Furthermore, we would like to thank the workers of the mountain railway who helped us without hesitation when we had problems. Many thanks to ESA_Lab and the SSC for initiating this project. We hope that it will take place annually from now on. Many thanks to our readers who followed our exciting time on our homepage and on Facebook.

The last days we will still keep you informed and provide you with more pictures. Enjoy the last days with us!

AMPEX - The Aachen Modular Planetary Exploration System
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