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우주+대구 - 크르텍(아기두더지) 우주여행, 제주, 대구 갤러리로 세 번의 멋진 여행을 떠납니다.

체코인들에게 가장 사랑받는 애니매이션 캐릭터 크르텍(아기두더지)가 이번 달에 특별한 여행을 떠납니다. 나사 우주선 엔데버호 STS+134를 타고 우주비행사 앤드류 포스텔과 함께 떠나는 우주여행과 더불어 대구경북대학교미술관에서도 크르텍 전시회가 열릴 예정입니다 .

On evening of May 16, 2011 Korean time, the most famous Czech animation character, Krtek (Little Mole), reached the orbit on board of NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour mission STS-134 accompanying astronaut Andrew Feustel. It is the first such visit of this so popular Czech hero in space, and Krtek is going in the footsteps of another great Czech, this time a real living hero, astronaut Vladimír Remek, who was the first Czech in space in March 1978.

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Czech logo of Krtek´s space mission

How Krtek gets into space

One November day of 2010 Zdeněk Miler (90), the creator of the popular Czech animation and book character Krtek (Little Mole) received an unexpected piece of news. An American astronaut wanted to take a toy Mole into space on his last space shuttle flight. The astronaut, Andrew Feustel, chose Mole as a lucky talisman after consulting his family and Czech friends.

Since Mr. Miller has brought joy to children and adults his whole life with his Mole stories, he was extremely pleased that a little stuffed Mole would be going with an American astronaut on this demanding mission, and would be keeping him company when he was far from home.

It soon became clear that a unique stuffed Mole would need to be made for the space journey, and so Mr. Miller agreed that Mole could be altered in order to fit into the astronaut’s personal effects pack, and to meet other NASA requirements. It was not long before the first photographs from the training centre in Houston arrived.

Zdeněk Miler was able to see how Mole, with his unique smile, underwent tests on the space shuttle’s simulator. One of the photographs showed Mole with the commander of the space shuttle Endeavour, Mark Kelly – the husband of the wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The crew will need Mole’s optimism more than it initially seemed.

Mr. Miler has never met Andrew Feustel, but he has his fingers crossed for the mission. He was pleased to be able to send the Feustels a signed copy of Little Mole and the Spaceship for Christmas, in English translation. Zdeněk Miler is also happy that the project “Into Space With Little Mole” will be accompanied by various educational activities for children in various towns around the Czech Republic.

A further connection between Mole and the STS – 134 mission was created when a special logo for Into Space With Little Mole was created, to which Mr. Miler devoted a lot of attention.

When the most recent date of the space shuttle Endeavour’s expected launch was announced, Zdeněk Miler filmed a video greeting: “I’d like to say hello to all the children in America, and I’m sending Little Mole to the astronaut Andrew Feustel for luck.”

More about Krtek´s visit to space:

Wall Street Journal´s article about Krtek´s space mission -link

Special web page about Krtek´s space mission – www.dokosmuskrtkem.cz

Photos: Björn Steinz

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