Space research was in focus right from the early morning on 2 September, when the Science Museums and the Stellar Astrophysics Centre, in collaboration with Science and Technology, invited visitors to lectures and the live transmission of the lift-off of the first Danish astronaut – Andreas Mogensen.
The tense silence in the Lakeside Lecture Theatres was broken by applause and smiles when the Soyuz spacecraft finally came into orbit approximately nine minutes after lift-off at 6:37. By then, the many visitors had already been there for more than an hour, during which time they listened to presentations by experts at Aarhus University. These included talks on the mission, the rocket and the preparations for the launch.
Free coffee and bread rolls were served in the foyer for the early risers at 5:30, after which they moved into the lecture theatre. Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen, Science and Technology, welcomed everyone and particularly Mayor Jacob Bundsgaard, City of Aarhus, who was sitting in the first row.
Attending the event were also representatives from a number of media. These included Radio DR P1, which sent live broadcasts from the lecture theatre several times during the morning.
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