On the moon for fifty years

Apollo 11 – and Heraeus

When Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins set off on their first moon landing in 1969, they had a laser reflector on board. This device allows us to measure the exact distance between Earth and Moon to this day. High-tech fused silica from Heraeus made this reflector possible.

One giant leap

From Kennedy’s Moon Speech to the laser retroreflector on the Moon: We tell the little-known story of how high tech from Heraeus got to the Moon, where it continues to contribute to science, now and in the future.

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The most unlikely Trio: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin und Michael Collins
Source: NASA

The Astronauts

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were the Apollo 11 astronauts—an unlikely trio, each with their own unique personalities and his own special skills. Here, you can learn about each of them—who they really were, their strengths and weaknesses.
Plus: an interview with German astronaut Reinhold Ewald, in which he speaks of the importance of Visions and Dream in space exploration -

Neil Armstrong: Commander Cool

Buzz Aldrin: The Academic Astronaut

Michael Collins: The Forgotten Astronaut

Reinhold Ewald: The German Astronaut

Heraeus Amloy
Source: ESA/Gaia/DPAC, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

High Tech in Space

To succeed under the special circumstances in space, humanity had to get creative – and performed marvelous feats of engineering while doing so. Ranging from the retroreflector on the moon to the invention of astrobotany and the establishment of networked satellites that revolutionized weather forecasts and navigation systems: here you find astonishing stories about technologies in space.

Heraeus in Space

A Pathfinder in Outer Space

The Retroreflector: explained by The Big Bang Theory

Core Team

Space Heroes

When it comes to the conquest of space, they may not be at the forefront – but without them many endeavors would turn out a lot different. Here we tell captivating stories about the many heroes behind the (space) scenes.

Heraeus: Working for the Moon

Nadine Smolka: Back to the Moon - with a Startup

Andrew Chaikin: The Apollo 11 Expert

Space Suits: a short history
Source: Scott Kelly-NASA

For Space Enthusiasts

What objects have been left on the Moon over the years? What did the first space suits look like? And how much power did the Saturn V rocket have that flew Armstrong and Co. to the Moon? Find out about the answer to those (and more) questions here - and have fun!

Space Food: What Astronauts Eat

Trash or Archaeology? Unexpected remnants on the Moon

Space Suits: a curious photo series

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The Apollo 11 Comic

Each Monday a new Episode

Cartoons about the Apollo 11 mission on the moon
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Michael Schattenmann

Global Head of Storytelling & Marketing


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