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Space History

German Space History

Latest: German Space History - Watches from the material of the rocket, in which Alexander Gerst flew into space.

Each watch from Werenbach contains material that can be assigned to a particular space mission. Since Patrick Hohmann is personally on-site in Kazakhstan, when rockets are recovered, the salvaged material can be assigned to the respective space mission. This makes every watch from Werenbach a piece of space travel history.

The LEONOV and MACH 33 collections currently contain the material of Soyuz MS-09, the rocket used by the German astronaut Alexander Gerst to fly to the ISS.

Alexander Gerst

Alexander Gerst is the 11th German astronaut who has travelled into space. Currently he is on the International Space Station ISS for the second time. Gerst became famous because he shares his experiences in space in real time with the people of Earth via social media (Twitter and Facebook). This inspires hundreds of thousands of his fans and us as well.

erst will be the first German to take command of the ISS after decoupling the Soyuz MS-08 at the beginning of October. He will return to Earth with his crew in December.

The material from the Soyuz MS-09 was retrieved four days after the rocket launch and brought to Switzerland. Since then, it has been incorporated into the LEONOV and MACH 33 collections.

Space history

At the beginning of the last century, the first scientists from Russia, Germany and the USA addressed the question of how to reach space. In the twenties and thirties the first rocket aircraft were developed.

The first important milestone in space history was written in Germany in 1944, when the Aggregat 4 (also called V2) crossed the border to space and reached a height of over 100 kilometres.

Aggregat 4 German Rocket

Source: Bundesarchiv

Aggregat 4 at the lift off

After the Second World War, the occupying powers worked on their own programs. Russia expanded its own space program by 3,500 German specialists, the US brought the German missile stock and the management team to America. After all, in the decades that followed, these two nations took part in the well-known race to space.

This race was won by the Russians. They carried the first satellite (Sputnik, 1957) and the first human (Yuri Gagarin, 1961) into space. But after a dramatic technological catch-up, America managed to land on the moon as the first nation (Apollo 11, 1969).

Race to Space Editions

Even today, space travel is a prestige program of national importance for many nations. Meanwhile, several European nations, China and India belong to the active space nations. The moon and Mars are at the centre of many space programs. Werenbach is taking this as an opportunity to release limited edition special models every year. The first ones will be launched in November. If you do not want to miss this moment, please register for the Werenbach newsletter.

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