The Sigmund Jähn Cosmonaut Centre in Küchwald Park has been a fixture on the Chemnitz cultural and educational landscape since its foundation on 14 August 1964. Today, it is operated by the local non-profit organisation solaris Förderzentrum für Jugend und Umwelt gGmbH Sachsen, which is active in youth work and environmental protection.
Photo: Kosmonautenzentrum Chemnitz
Following the principle of “children for children”, the institution is dedicated to extracurricular education for young people in the natural sciences and technology with a focus on space research, space travel, astronomy and meteorology. This exceptional approach, combined with the out-of-this-world subject matter, has given the Cosmonaut Centre a unique regional and national status.
Visitors young and old are expertly looked after by the Cosmonaut Centre’s regular crew, known as the “Stammis” – boys and girls aged between 9 and 18 years old. You can experience the fascination of space travel, go on simulated space flights and astronaut tests in the spaceship cabin, or test your physical fitness in the astrotrainer.
Additional activities and working groups are open to all those interested. They include the model rocket working group, the specialist astronomy group and the computer club. Curriculum enhancement projects on the topics of weather, astronomy and space travel are offered to school classes and groups.