A financial jump-start, contacts and mentoring are all important for young entrepreneurs. Startups in the area of space technology and satellite navigation can apply to get that boost from the European Space Agency.
He started his career as a printer and socialist boy scout. Then he became a fighter pilot, cosmonaut and political icon. Through his life, Sigmund Jähn remained dedicated to space exploration and science.
By and large, "Made in Germany" is not the driving force behind companies in Europe's powerhouse preparing to go to space. The country spends millions on the industry but not nearly enough, say critics.
Astro Alex, back on terra firma after nearly six months in space, stressed the importance of protecting our planet for future generations. And as for re-entry, wind and weather feel great after so long in zero gravity.
This year, space fans will be treated to two lunar mission, the Apollo 11 anniversary, some lunar and solar eclipses, and brand-new spacecrafts heading for the ISS.
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