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N° 32–2009

Traditional press breakfast with ESA’s Director General in Paris

18 December 2009

On Thursday 14 January 2010, ESA's Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain will meet the press at the traditional start-of-year gathering at ESA’s headquarters in Paris. The meeting will begin at 08:30 with breakfast, followed at 09:00 by a press briefing to go over the Agency’s activities in the year just ended and take a look at activities to come in 2010.

N° 31–2009

PHARAO atomic clock agreement signed by ESA and CNES

15 December 2009

Today at the Paris headquarters of the French space agency (CNES), Simonetta Di Pippo, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight, and Thierry Duquesne, CNES Director for Strategy, Programmes and International Relations, signed an agreement that paves the way for the launch of a high-accuracy atomic clock to be attached to the outside of the European Columbus laboratory onboard the International Space Station (ISS).


N° 30–2009

ESA astronaut Frank De Winne safely back on Earth

01 December 2009

The Soyuz TMA-15 reentry module landed safely in Kazakhstan at 08:15:34 CET (13:15:34 local time), bringing ESA astronaut Frank De Winne, Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk back to Earth.

N° 29–2009

Inauguration of site of Galileo station at Kourou

20 November 2009

The site of a ground station for Galileo, Europe's global navigation satellite system, inside the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), near Kourou in French Guiana, was inaugurated on 19 November.


N° 28–2009

Two new ESA satellites successfully lofted into orbit

02 November 2009

The second satellite in ESA’s Earth Explorer series – the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission – and the second demonstration satellite under ESA’s Project for Onboard Autonomy (Proba-2) were launched into orbit last night from northern Russia.

N° 27–2009

Follow the launch of ESA's SMOS and Proba-2 satellites

28 October 2009

ESA's SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) and Proba-2 (PRoject for OnBoard Autonomy) satellites are scheduled for launch on Monday 2 November at 02:50 CET on a Russian Rockot launcher from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia.


N° 26–2009

Space exploration: European Ministers in Prague prepare a roadmap towards a common vision

14 October 2009

Ministers from the 29 European Space Agency and European Union Member States will meet in Prague on 23 October for the 1st EU-ESA International Conference on Human Space Exploration,to prepare a roadmap leading to the definition of a common vision and strategic planning for space exploration. This first step in a process that will lead to the definition of a European vision in this field stems from a Resolution adopted by the 5th Space Council (*) in September 2008. Besides Ministers and delegates from the EU,ESA and third countries,the conference will also be attended by Members of Parliament and representatives of industry and academia.

N° 25–2009

SMOS launch nearing: Media Day at ESA/ESRIN

09 October 2009

On Wednesday 21 October, media representatives will have the opportunity to attend an in-depth briefing at ESA's ESRIN establishment in Frascati near Rome on the upcoming mission of SMOS, ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity satellite scheduled for a Rockot launch from Plesetsk, Russia on 2 November at 02:50 hours Central European Time.


N° 24–2009

First European Commander of the International Space Station – Media Opportunity

06 October 2009

ESA astronaut Frank De Winne will become the first European Commander of the International Space Station this weekend, after the current Commander Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka has left the ISS. Padalka’s Soyuz spacecraft is scheduled to undock this Sunday night from the orbital outpost. De Winne is the first non-American and non-Russian to take on this role.

N° 23–2009

Observing the oceans: information meeting for the media in Venice, Italy, on 21 September

14 September 2009

The world's oceans are now being observed routinely and systematically by means of satellite and in situ techniques. The global ocean observing system is changing, however. After a decade of work on integrating Earth- and satellite-based observing networks, thereby establishing new observation methods that have made a tremendous impact on the way climate change and physical oceanic variability is measured, scientists are once again exploring uncharted waters and looking to set a new course for the future at the OceanObs'09 Conference in Venice, Italy on 21-25 September 2009.


N° 22–2009

ESA astronaut returns to Earth with Columbus lab experiment

12 September 2009

Space Shuttle Discovery landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, at 02:53 CEST (on 12 September) completing all objectives of the 14-day STS-128 mission to the International Space Station.

N° 21–2009

CryoSat ready for launch: Media Day at IABG/Munich

04 September 2009

On Monday 14 September media representatives will have the opportunity to attend an in-depth CryoSat background briefing at IABG’s spacecraft test centre in Ottobrunn near Munich, Germany. Project managers from ESA and industry, as well as scientists and other experts, will give presentations on the spacecraft and its scientific objectives and will be available for individual interviews. The programme (see below) includes a visit to the clean room to see the satellite at first hand before it is packed and shipped to the Baikonur launch base in Kazakhstan.


N° 20–2009

ESA Astronaut Launched to ISS to Deliver and Retrieve Hardware

29 August 2009

NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery was launched on Saturday 29 August for the 13-day STS-128 mission to service the International Space Station. Among her crew is ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang from Sweden, who is performing his second spaceflight.

N° 19–2009

ESA's Swedish astronaut to return to the ISS

17 August 2009

The launch date for the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station with Space Shuttle Discovery is scheduled for no earlier than Monday 24 August. The crew of seven includes ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang of Sweden, on his second spaceflight, a mission dubbed "Alissé".


N° 18–2009

ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori to fly to ISS in 2010

11 August 2009

ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori from Italy has been assigned as a Mission Specialist to Space Shuttle mission STS-134, which is currently scheduled for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) in July or September 2010. This mission will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the Station. Vittori's flight opportunity stems from a bilateral agreement between the Italian space agency (ASI) and NASA involving the utilisation of the Italian-built Multi Purpose Logistics Modules.

N° 17–2009

ESA astronaut André Kuipers to spend six months on the ISS starting in 2011

05 August 2009

As a result of the latest International Space Station Multi-Lateral Crew Operations Panel (MCOP) recently held in Houston, ESA has today announced that the European crewmember of Expedition 30/31 to fly to the International Space Station in 2011 will be André Kuipers from the Netherlands.


N° 16–2009

Crew of six to finish 105-day Mars mission simulation on 14 July – Media opportunity

19 June 2009

On 14 July, a crew of six will leave their Mars mission simulator and see the Sun once again. The crew, which includes a French pilot and a German engineer selected by the European Space Agency, will have completed 105 days of confinement and numerous scientific experiment runs inside the isolation facility at the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in Moscow. Their simulated mission will help understand the psychological and medical aspects of long-duration spaceflight.

N° 15–2009

Visit the ESA pavilion at “Le Bourget 2009”

04 June 2009

The 48th International Paris Air Show will open its doors on Monday 15 June, until Sunday 21 June. Almost 2,000 exhibitors will be present and over 200,000 visitors are expected to attend this traditional event which this year has special significance as it celebrates its 100th anniversary (the first Paris Air Show was held in 1909 in the city’s Grand Palais).


N° 14–2009

Space ministers highlight contribution of space to leading economic recovery through innovation

29 May 2009

Ministers in charge of space activities representing the Member States of the European Space Agency and the European Union met in Brussels today for the Sixth Space Council*. Today’s Council was jointly chaired by Miroslava Kopicová, the Czech Republic’s Minister of Education, on behalf of the EU Competitiveness Council, and Mariastella Gelmini, Italian Minister for Education, University & Research and current Chair of the ESA Council at Ministerial Level.

N° 13–2009

OasISS mission heading to ISS with ESA astronaut Frank De Winne

27 May 2009

ESA astronaut Frank De Winne is heading to the International Space Station at the start of his six-month OasISS mission. Together with Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk, De Winne launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 12:34 CEST (10:34 UT) today.


N° 12–2009

ESA prepares for the next generation of human spaceflight and exploration by recruiting a new class of European astronauts

20 May 2009

ESA today presented the six individuals who will become Europe's new astronauts. The new recruits will join the European Astronaut Corps and start their training to prepare for future missions to the International Space Station, and beyond.

N° 11–2009

Follow the launch of the next ISS commander ESA astronaut Frank De Winne live at ESA establishments

19 May 2009

The Soyuz rocket that will bring ESA astronaut Frank De Winne to the International Space Station for the OasISS mission is set to launch from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on 27 May at 12:34 CEST.


N° 10–2009

ESA en route to the origins of the Universe

14 May 2009

Two of the most ambitious missions ever attempted to unveil the secrets of the darkest, coldest and oldest parts of the Universe got off to a successful start this afternoon with the dual launch of ESA’s far infrared space telescope Herschel and cosmic background mapper Planck on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

N° 9–2009

ESA presents the new European astronauts at its Paris Headquarters on 20 May

11 May 2009

ESA began the search for new astronauts in 2008, calling for applications from talented European citizens who wished to join the European Astronaut Corps to conduct future missions to the International Space Station, and one day to the Moon and beyond.


N° 8–2009

ESA to launch two large observatories to look deep into space and time

07 May 2009

Two of the most sophisticated astronomical spacecraft ever built –Herschel and Planck– will be launched by ESA this month towards deep space orbits around a special observation point beyond the Moon's orbit. From there, both spacecraft will begin a revolutionary observation campaign that will further our understanding of the history of the universe.

N° 7–2009

Fifth European Conference on Space Debris to address key issues

24 March 2009

The European Space Agency will host the 5th European Conference on Space Debris at ESA's Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, from 30 March -2 April. The conference, which is the largest dedicated event on space debris issues, is co-sponsored by the British, French, German and Italian space agencies (BNSC, CNES, DLR, ASI), the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) and the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and is expected to gather more than 200 leading experts from all over the world.


N° 6–2009

ESA launches Earth Explorer mission GOCE

17 March 2009

This afternoon, the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) was lofted into a near-sunsynchronous, low Earth orbit by a Rockot launcher lifting off from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia.

N° 5–2009

King Albert II to visit European Astronaut Centre

13 March 2009

Their Majesties Albert II King of the Belgians and Queen Paola will be visiting the European Astronaut Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Cologne, Germany, on 19 March 2009. Media representatives are invited to attend.


N° 4–2009

GOCE satellite launch-mapping the Earth's gravity as never before

09 March 2009

ESA is about to launch the most sophisticated of Earth Observation satellites to investigate the Earth’s gravitational field with unprecedented resolution and accuracy. GOCE data will be crucial for obtaining accurate measurements of ocean circulation and sea-level change, both of which are affected by climate change. The data will help to better understand processes occurring inside the Earth which are linked to volcanoes and earthquakes.

N° 3–2009

New steps in ESA/Commission cooperation on GMES

28 January 2009

Today in Brussels, the amendment to the EC-ESA GMES agreement was signed by Mr Jean-Jacques Dordain, the European Space Agency (ESA) Director General, and Mr Heinz Zourek, Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry.


N° 2–2009

ESA Director General to meet the press in Paris

05 January 2009

On Wednesday 14 January 2009, ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain will meet the press at ESA Headquarters in Paris. The gathering will start at 08:30 with breakfast, followed at 09:00 by a press briefing to review the Agency’s activities in 2008 and look ahead to those of 2009, a year set to be full of events and marked by several major launches i.e. Herschel-Planck, GOCE, SMOS and CryoSat.

N° 1–2009

Overview of ESA communication activities in 2009 relevant to the media

05 January 2009

Press conferences, exhibitions, launches, political events… the list of the main communications activities that ESA will be involved in is taking shape. Pencil these dates into your diaries as of now.