Swiss space exploration milestones

Switzerland, a country reaching for the stars


In 1969, when Buzz Aldrin became the second man to leave the Lunar Module, he first unfurled the solar wind sail produced by the University of Bern and stuck it into the lunar surface before placing the American flag. A review of the past 50 years shows that Switzerland has made a wide range of contributions to the exploration and use of space and has been involved in countless missions. Here is a list of important milestones.

Further information

This compilation was mainly taken from the publication ‘Switzerland in space - cutting-edge research and high-tech - also for everyday use’, published by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in cooperation with SERI, Bern 2016.

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Bern celebrates 50 years since the Moon landing

From 28 June to 4 July, the University of Bern will be organising a science festival for the general public at various locations, including in front of the Parliament Building. SERI is a sponsor of these events.

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