The Bochum Observatory brings it just a bit closer. Founded by
Prof. Heinz Kaminski in 1946, the Observatory has sophisticated antenna
systems which capture signals from orbiting and geostationary
satellites. Particularly worth a visit is the exhibition which shows
satellite pictures of the earth in the framework of a UN awardwinning
short film. See too how the Bochum ground station receives
high-resolution images of the earth.