TEDxDelft: mapping the mind of Lodewijk van den Berg

One of the key-skills of @hansbuskes is making mindmaps to help companies create strength and strategy. Hans is going to make mindmaps of all the TEDxDelft talks on November 7. In foresight, he created a mindmap about the Dutch-born astronaut Lodewijk van den Berg, one of the TEDsters to speak at the TU Delft congress center on November 7. Check out the mindmap below:

Mindmap by Hans Buskes: original on http://mastermindmaps.wordpress.com

Looking at the mindmap, I would be interested in getting more information about the bottom right, the purpose and application of the crystals that Lodewijk van den Berg grew in the long duration microgravity condition of Space.
To go to the background of my interest, I would like to refer to the appearance of Dutch astronaut André Kuipers on the Dutch TV show 'De wereld draait door' on October 25. André Kuipers will be launched on a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station ISS at the end of this year, and will stay there for six months. See the item below:

The final question is the most interesting. Mathijs van Nieuwkerk asks André why we should spend (so much) tax money to fly into Space. André Kuipers starts his answer at the right level; It is human evolution that forces mankind out of the cradle which is Earth. On a second level he refers to the scientific value of experimentation on physical processes and humans in the microgravity condition. A third level he mentions is that Manned Space produces Industrial Innovation. To me it appears that the level and amount of Industrial Innovation from the manned space programme is not to the level it could be.
I think that the only way the activity of manned space can survive in the current economic downturn, apart from space tourism, is that materials made in Space are identified as key sources for components in Earthly products.
A good example where this happened in the past is one of the experiments that André did on his previous flight back in 2004. He tested plasmalamps from Philips/TU Eindhoven and improved knowledge on how to make these less energy consumptive. The only place where these tests could be done was in-orbit. Tell me on twitter if you have more good examples of businesscases that can only be achieved with Manned space in the loop. I think these are crucial for Manned space to continue.  If the idea is good, and the bureaucrats and politicians can prevent a MIR debacle, you might wanna buy into a good facility that becomes available around the 2025 timeframe....

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