Jungfrau Zeitung – Gaze up at the stars with the «Space Eye»

Niedermühlern | May 14, 2022

Astronomical Observatory, Space Science and Sustainable Development designed by Mario Botta on Uecht gains in importance and becomes the “Space Eye – Observatory of Space and Environment”. Opening in the summer of 2023.

The Space Eye, designed by a Swiss architect, is currently under construction. This is what it should look like in the summer of 2023.Visualizations and photos: zvg

Prior to the on-site inspection, the president of the Uecht Observatory Foundation, Andreas Blaser, provided information on the development of the project since construction began, according to a press release by those responsible for the Space Eye. There were not only a hundred of those interested, but also various guests. Among them, the Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier.

Andreas Blaser also provided information on the development of the project during the on-site inspection.

Andreas Blaser also provided information on the development of the project during the on-site inspection.

The exhibition concept took a concrete form and was combined with strategic partnerships – including the Swiss Space Museum and the Linz-based ARS Electronica project – to create a sensually staged, playful overall picture.

The ATV was unveiled during a site visit.

The ATV was unveiled during a site visit.

“The further development and expansion of the project after the symbolic breakthrough in 2019 was worth it, we are ready for implementation and sustainable operation. And we have people on board to implement it, ”says Blaser.

The central element of the exhibition space of the “Swiss space travel nation” is the “Automated Transfer Vehicle” (ATV). Autonomous space freighter ISS Space Station built by Ruag Space. It is already waiting at the construction site on Uecht for its final placement on the exhibition space and can be viewed from the street until it is ready.

Claude Nicollier (left) and Professor Christian Leumann, rector of the University of Bern, pose for a photo with the quad bike.

Claude Nicollier (left) and Professor Christian Leumann, rector of the University of Bern, pose for a photo with the quad bike.

The underground hall with the visitor’s center could be enlarged to over 1,000 square meters. The largest telescope in Switzerland and the most modern 8k planetarium provide spectacular images.

Professor Thomas Schildknecht is vice president of the Uecht Observatory Foundation.

Professor Thomas Schildknecht is vice president of the Uecht Observatory Foundation.

In the person of the astronomer and vice president of the Foundation, prof. Thomas Schildknecht The Foundation has the right expert for sky observation at the highest level on board. He says: “Space Eye is first and foremost an observatory. In the literal sense of the word, it should encourage observation and exploration. To observe the distant universe, our own planetary system and near-Earth space, but also our Earth and ourselves Where do we come from? Where are we going?”

An exhibition and adventure trail

The Cosmic Eye will use the sight of the sky as an opportunity to tell stories and make research a reality. It should become a hub between science, technology, creativity and society.

In addition to the exhibition, which can be seen here in the visualization, an adventure trail is also to be built.  The app should also accompany visitors on their journey.

In addition to the exhibition, which can be seen here in the visualization, an adventure trail is also to be built. The app should also accompany visitors on their journey.

At the exhibition and on the adventure trail with 15 stations, visitors will be entertained with a wide variety of Space Eye themes, and a specially developed app will accompany visitors on their discoveries inside and outside the observatory.

In the planetarium, you will be able to gaze at the stars and into space, learning from the experts.

In the planetarium, you will be able to gaze at the stars and into space, learning from the experts.

As Managing Director, Michael Kropf has been involved in the center’s innovative and sustainable operations since its scheduled opening in June 2023. He is convinced: “With Space Eye, we are setting a new standard of unique experience for companies and private visitors of all ages, with or without prior knowledge. Topicality and research at the forefront can be experienced in a fun way and provide our visitors with new fascinating information with each visit. »

The Cosmic Eye Project

On Uecht near Bern, in the dark area of ​​Gantrisch Park, the existing historic Schaerer observatory is being expanded into the Space Eye.

Based on facts and the latest discoveries in astronomy and space science, the Space Eye is committed to a sustainable future and the preservation of living conditions on our planet. It is aimed at students, youth, families, day trippers and companies. The project includes a state-of-the-art Mario Botta observatory with the best telescope in Switzerland, an 8k planetarium, exhibition areas and an adventure trail.

Behind the project is the Uecht Observatory Foundation with a national and international network of partner institutions dealing with financing, research and knowledge transfer. The implementation began at the end of 2021, the opening is planned for mid-2023.

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