July 19, 2024

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Former mayor of Sliedrecht, Bram van Heemen, follows the passion into space

Former mayor of Sliedrecht, Bram van Heemen, follows the passion into space



Bram van Hemmen on his campus this summer.

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It was Chriet Titulaer with his Teleac cycle: a quarter century of space travel, it was the Battlestar Galactica series, it was Star Wars Return of the Jedi and it was all science fiction books he read. All this sparked his love for space travel. But life turned out differently, and after a short career in automation, Ram van Heemen (51 years old) ended up in public administration. He worked in public administration for seventeen years, including seven years as mayor of Sliedrecht. But the dream of doing something through space travel suddenly came back. And dreams can come true. So this summer, former Mayor Sledrecht is implementing a space studies program in Houston, Texas, in the United States. “It’s a dream come true.”

By Marjan Dijkstra

Bram van Hemen says space travel has always fascinated him. “In 1983, when I was a 10-year-old boy, I saw the space shuttle Enterprise flying over Rotterdam on the back of a Boeing 747, on its way to an air show in France. It was something magical. When I was 12, I sold everything I had out of Lego pieces, and I bought a computer and…

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