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Student reports - 2013

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Our day today started pretty early at 7 o’clock with a Russian breakfast. The food was neither bread nor cornflakes, no, we got pasta. That was kind of unusual for me but all in all very funny.

For our trip to MAKS we needed between 2 and 3 hours. It didn’t take us that long, because the place is so far away, but it took us that long because of all the traffic.

When we arrived we did not have much time to prepare. We provide the Moonbuggy on the right place, some posters mounted on a small wall exhibition, bound Prof. Dr. von Puttkamer´s NASA flag and then we went out. Now the Secret Service came and went through the whole pavilion for possible weapons. But it was found none. Thus, our Pavilion "Ot Vinta" was released, but still strictly guarded. In a few minutes the prime minister Dmitry Medvedev is expected to arrive.

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IN THE EXPECTATION TO SEE THE PRIME MINISTER MEDVEDEV, WE PREPARED OUR WORDS FOR HIM VERY CAREFULLY. IT WASN’T ALLOWED TO RALF TO SUPPORT US DURING OUR PRESENTATION. THAT’S WHY I HAD TO KEEP A LOT OF INFORMATION AND WISHES IN MY MIND. I WAS VERY EXCITED AND ALSO A BIT NERVOUS, BUT ALL IN ALL WE WERE OKAY.

While we waited, we had a look at the tables from the other students, too. They had very smart inventions and ideas. A lot of them have built little planes by themselves. The guys were very polite and funny but without our Russian genius Evgeniy, we wouldn’t have been able to talk to the students there. Not many are speaking English.

Ralf waved inside someone and I thought that's the minister. But both were very friendly to each other, so could not be that. To my surprise, the man spoke a clean German and introduced himself as Prof. Wörner. He was very friendly and sat down to set at our Moon Buggy. We made a small talk. When he went back Ralf said: "This was the head of the DLR". Now I was thrilled as a scientist with my proof of an exoplanet and was speechless.

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After a while, the time had come, and Medvedev went in direction to our marquee. But unfortunately, he didn’t have enough time anymore to come in and watch the ideas of young students. So we just got the possibility for a short group photo with him and then he went on. Of course, this was a little disappointment, but still we were glad to see him. I stood 6 feet away from the former Russian president, in the cries of other children. The students were amazed and he could be signing their hats. Ralf was the only photographer in the right line and made in the short time all the perfect photos. He was then wooed by the festival head to this photos. Shortly before she wanted to kick him out if he had only touched the camera. Amazing!

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Since we didn’t have any stress anymore then, we spent some time to watch other parts of MAKS. The most special thing was of course the airplane show, where all the new planes showed what they can. That was a very loud issue, but though great! After we already hurt the ears, it was time for withdrawal. So we went to the pavilion. There, the other contestants were waiting for the buses. But the buses were stuck in traffic. So we picked out our Moon buggy and invited the Russian kids for a ride on it. That could not be said that 2 times. Araceli (our 15 years old female driver) had to do a whole hour to satisfy all the desires of more than 100 students. The Moonbuggy was next to a propeller buggy one of the most striking cars at MAKS.

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FOR US IT’S AN HONOR TO PARTICIPATE AT THE MAKS. THE NEXT DAYS, WE’LL SEE A LOT MORE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT.

all photos by Ralf Heckel, more here (click)

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