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That’s it- THE WEEK, for which we have waited so long.
One week, we will remember for years. But nevertheless on this day, the last day of our mission, the feelings of the members are split. On one hand we’re looking back on these past few days with great joy, but on the other hand we can’t forget about the sadness, we are feeling because of the end of our mission. The leader of our MediaCom- team Olivia Haider admits: “Well, of course I’m a little bit relieved, but I’m a kind of sad, too… The Mission is now coming to an end and I would still have a lot to report!”
Michel Lazerges, who represents the European Space Agency, one of our expedition- partners, said that some weeks ago, he hadn’t even known the ASF and now he’s really impressed by the work and achievements of it.
That’s it- THE WEEK, we will remember so long.
“We could win a lot of important data, which we are going to analyze to use them in future!”, the Flight Director Assistant Reinhard Tlustos doesn’t regard the mission as already completed. Can a mission like this ever be considered as completed?
Probably not, because only now we begin the evaluation and the analysis of all the data to reach the knowledge, we wanted. But a much more important aspect is that each member of this mission, that has contributed his own part to THIS WEEK, won’t forget his personally won experiences so far. Daniel Föger, the Capcom in the MCC explains with a shining smile: „I’m very happy, that I was part of this great mission, because I have learned how to keep a cool head during a stressful situation.“
That’s it then- THE WEEK, when 50 space enthusiasts and –specialists could pursue their interests and passion….
Right this summarizes the spirit of the ASF and is the reason, why such a mission can be passed. The ASF is offering the chance to everyone, who shows enthusiasm, passion and interest, to do the work, he enjoys. In THIS WEEK, many scientists, engineers, medicals, students, pupils, etc. did an unbelievable, great and voluntary work. And the fact, that not everything worked without problems and that the weather wasn’t on our side, is a positive fact. Despite of this conditions, we can confidently say, that this mission was a great success.
Because of these unscheduled situations, which often took facilities and challenges with them, we could make a lot of precious experiences that allowed us to become stronger and more confident as a team. Our Flight Director Alexander Soucek describes his feelings with the following words: “The most impressing thing was the engagement, the professionality and the team spirit of our people in the MCC. Everybody knew his positions, gave his best and together as one team we had a pretty cool week.”
…A pretty cool week…
This article is available in: German
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