4 June 2019
The European Patent Office furthered its co-operation with the Deutsches Museum by playing a part in an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
The Museum's Director-General Professor Wolfgang M. Heckl hosted a "moon talk" on 1 June to commemorate this milestone in the history of space travel. In addition to a virtual reality simulation of the Apollo 11 moon landing, there was a panel discussion among Apollo astronaut Charlie Duke (Apollo 16 mission), astronaut Professor Ulrich Walter and the Minister President of Bavaria Dr Markus Söder. Charlie Duke encouraged the next generation in the audience to follow their dreams: "I continue to talk about my experiences of going into space because I believe that it's important to inspire the next generation. If I can encourage just one person here today to pursue their dreams in this area, then it will have been worth it".
In the museum foyer, the European Patent Office showed videos of major European inventors and their contributions to space travel technology:
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