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High Flying at the Long Night of Sciences

Freie Universität Offers Visitors High-altitude Flights to Other Planets and the Flight Premiere of a Remote-sensing Camera

№ 138/2009 from Jun 05, 2009

It is called Octocopter and it can fly without a propeller or wings: The circular, radio-controlled aircraft containing an optical camera will fly through the Henry Ford Building following programmed flight coordinates and record images from different perspectives. The new aircraft is normally used for studies by the Earth scientists. Its flight premiere before an audience will take place during the Long Night of the Sciences.

After this first flight, the next high-altitude flight will be available for visitors at the Long Night of Sciences at Freie Universität: Anyone who wants to go beyond the heights of the Henry Ford Building can take a closer look at Saturn and Mars – using polarizing glasses to view a 3D film. Through red-green glasses, images of Saturn's moons unfold with spatial effects for the viewer.

The following program items will let you take off at the Long Night of Sciences at Freie Universität on June 13, 2009:

  • Flight Demonstrations in the Henry Ford Building

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., every hour on the hour (15–20 min.)
Location: Henry Ford Building, Garystr. 35–37, 14195 Berlin, Bldg. 2 (Foyer)

  • Mars within Reach

Three-dimensional films and images of planets

Time: beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Malteserstr. 74–100, 12249 Berlin, Bldg. C, Room C 014

  • Mars, Lunar Missions, and Saturn

Exhibits and presentations

Time: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Location: Malteserstr. 74–100, 12249 Berlin, Bldg. C, Room C 108/109

General Information about the Long Night of Sciences:

  • Date: Saturday, June 13, 2009, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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  • Program booklets can be ordered free of charge from or can be downloaded at: .The booklets are also available at 129 different locations in Berlin and 39 in Potsdam. In Dahlem, for example, they can be obtained from Unishop and the Info Counter of the Studentenwerk, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, as well as in the Office of the President, Freie Universität, Kaiserswerther Straße 16–18.

  • Tickets and Prices: for adults, 12 euros (advance sales to June 12, 10 euros); discounted  tickets cost 8 euros (in advance, 6 euros); family ticket: 24 euros (in advance: 20 euros, up to 5 pers., incl. 2 adults); children under 6: no charge for admission; Late Ticket: 5 euros (sales at box office beginning at 11:00 p.m.). Advance sales begin on May 28, 2009.

  • Advance sales: at all S-Bahn ticket sales outlets, customer centers, and ticket vending machines

  • Advance sales online: possible until June 9, 2009 at (1,55 euro surcharge, incl. postage)