The 5th of June 2016 was the Day of the Open Door of the Research Centre Jülich, Germany (Tag der Neugier 2016). The research centre opened its doors and offered visitors a glimpse into the world of scientific research, such as supercomputers, electron microscopes, plants, proteins, molecules and atoms. Visitors of all age could explore the campus, get a taste of the research work and talk to the scientists. Children had plenty to see and to discover, too. Besides, this year is the 60th anniversary of the Research Centre Jülich and the motto of the Open Day was “60 Years – Research at the Centre: Past, Present, Future”. (Further information: http://www.tagderneugier.de/tagderneugier/EN/Home/home_node.html)
As the project AtmoHIT experiment was initiated and is supported by the IEK-7, the Institute for Energy and Climate – Stratosphere, the team participated in the Open Day event. A public exhibition introducing the REXUS/BEXUS Program, the AtmoCube and AtmoHIT experiments was organized and presented to the interested audience. Two posters were prepared, along with the 3D printed model of AtmoCube-1. A small educational CubeSat was used to illustrate some basic satellite concepts to the public, for example, how to measure temperature, how to determinate attitude or how the power is generated and supplied. During the whole exhibition, our team members were present with our team T-shirt. We provided explanations of our experiments to the curious audiences, and gave answers to the questions asked.