One day, Apollo 15 astronaut Jim Irwin came to my neighboring village to hold a lecture. At age 12, I imagined a moonwalker to be a superhero: big, strong and a bit arrogant.
However, when I met the 8th man to walk on the moon in person, I had before me a man who was slight and unassuming. His story was incredible, a great lesson in humility and hope for me as a child. It was then that I started to believe in my own dreams!
And it was the desire to share that experience that motivated my wife Bettina and I to create SWISSAPOLLO together in 2009.
Lukas Viglietti in the group of young children listening to astronaut Jim Irwin, who is standing on the right. Salle des Fêtes, Reconvilier, 1981.