“The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree-ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man.”

(James Irwin, USA)

 In 2004 André Kuipers (1958) was launched into space with a Russian Sojoez-rocket. He travelled to the International Space Spation (ISS) Working on mission Delta, André Kuipers got to spend 9 days in space. His life dream came true.

In 2004 Lagestee Film produced "Infinite Dreaming - André Kuipers Mission" and "One Small Step..." André Kuipers headed for the ISS again on the 21st of december 2011. This time for a 6-month stay. His return is planned on July 1st 2012This is going to be the last Dutch mission in the near future.

Broadcast April 4th 2012, Ned 2. See documentary at Wetenschap 24.

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