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Discover less know aspects of Switzerland through our artefact series.

Artefacts series: Switzerland the space nation

At the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai you can discover various artefacts showcasing different events, traditions and icons of national importance. During this series, we’ll introduce you to all of them and show you aspects of Switzerland you might not have known about.

Letters from space

These notes were taken by Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier during his missions. He is the first Swiss astronaut and has flown on four space shuttle missions. Since his retirement he has been appointed professor of Spatial Technology at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). Switzerland is a space nation and a very active member of the European Space Agency. Did you know that the first flag on the moon was Swiss made? In 1969 the Apollo 11 astronauts first planted a solar wind sail produced by the University of Bern.