Manuela Braun has been doing public relations work for DLR since 2010. As a qualified journalist for both print and online media, she loves nothing more than asking questions. Her favourite thing of all is being there, in the midst of the action. She followed Alexander Gerst's launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in Baikonur. When Philae performed its spectacular landing on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, some 500 million kilometres away from Earth, she was there, in Cologne, watching it unfold directly from the control room. Whether it is a rocket launch in Norway or Sweden, Manuela is close by with her laptop and camera, writing press releases, reports or blogs, enabling the media and the public alike to be part of the action, right when scientists are getting to the bottom of things.
She is also enthusiastic about the work being done at DLR laboratories such as rocket vehicle tests, instrument assembly, centrifuge tests, planetary and robotic testing. This is where the science fiction films she loves to watch sometimes really do come true.