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N° 31–2010

Start-of-the-year press breakfast with ESA's Director General

16 December 2010

ESA's Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain will meet the press at ESA's headquarters in Paris on Friday 14 January 2011.

N° 30–2010

Paolo Nespoli heads to Space Station on MagISStra mission

15 December 2010

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli is on his way to the International Space Station with crewmates Dmitri Kondratyev and Catherine Coleman aboard their Soyuz spacecraft following liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 20:09 CET today.

N° 29–2010

ESA and Canada renew partnership in space science and technology

15 December 2010

Today, Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA, and Steve MacLean, President of the Canadian Space Agency, signed a new Cooperation Agreement between ESA and Canada that will extend their partnership for a further 10 years, until 2020.

N° 28–2010

Call for Media: Follow the launch of ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli

09 December 2010

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be launched to the International Space Station on 15 December at 20:09 CET (16 December 01:09 Baikonur time). Media are invited to the main event in Nespoli's home town of Verano Brianza, with subsidiary events in Paris and Cologne.

N° 27–2010

Hylas-1 in orbit brings Europe broadband from space

26 November 2010

A flawless launch has delivered Hylas-1, ESA's first public-private partnership in a full satellite system, into space. The satellite was released today into its transfer orbit after a textbook launch by an Ariane 5 vehicle from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana.

N° 26–2010

Space Ministers emphasise priority to deliver Galileo and GMES

25 November 2010

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 Seventh Space Council.

N° 25–2010

Call for Media: Graduation ceremony for ESA's new astronauts

17 November 2010

On Monday 22 November 2010, the European Space Agency (ESA) will hold, at the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, the official ceremony for its new astronauts, marking the completion of their Basic Training.

N° 24–2010

Call for Media: reacting to threat of asteroid impacts

22 October 2010

How would the world react to the threat of an asteroid impact? The media are invited to meet top-level experts at ESA’s space operations centre in Germany on 29 October to find out more.

N° 23–2010

10th Anniversary of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"

12 October 2010

In 2000, the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” was set up on the initiative of ESA (European Space Agency) and CNES (France’s Centre national d’études spatiales). Its purpose is to make it easier for emergency services to access satellite data in the event of natural or man-made disasters. On Tuesday 19 October, ESA, CNES and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of this Charter, which has been joined by a further seven space agencies worldwide and activated on average more than twice a month since its creation.

N° 22–2010

International partners update launch manifest

01 October 2010

NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) on Friday agreed to update the International Space Station launch schedule. The target launch dates for the last planned space shuttle flight, STS-134 on Endeavour, will be Feb. 27 and the Automated Transfer Vehicle-2 (ATV-2) will be Feb. 15.

N° 21–2010

ESA media opportunities at world’s premier space congress

21 September 2010

The International Astronautical Congress will open in Prague on 27 September. Joining the world’s major space players, ESA will participate with experts in a rich and varied programme.

N° 20–2010

Call for Media: press conference with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli

03 September 2010

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will travel to the International Space Station in December on a six-month mission, serving as flight engineer for Expeditions 26 and 27. This will be the third long-duration mission by a European astronaut on the Station.

N° 19–2010

ESA’s pioneering Cluster mission is celebrating its 10th anniversary – Invitation to a media briefing on 1 September 2010

25 August 2010

Media representatives are cordially invited to a briefing on the occasion of ten years of scientific discoveries by ESA’s Cluster mission. Over the past decade, Cluster’s four satellites have provided extraordinary insights into the largely invisible interaction between the Sun and Earth. The media briefing takes place at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, on 1 September 2010 from 11:00 – 12:00 am. Doors open at 10:30am.

N° 18–2010

Call for Media: Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer arrives at launch site

11 August 2010

European media are invited to Florida on 26 August to view the next experiment to fly to the Space Station. One of the most exciting scientific instruments ever built, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer will arrive that day at the Kennedy Space Center.

N° 17–2010

Instruments selected for Mars

02 August 2010

ESA PR-17 2010 ESA and NASA have selected the scientific instruments for their first joint Mars mission. Scheduled for 2016, it will study the chemical makeup of the martian atmosphere, including methane. Discovered in 2003, methane could point to life on the Red Planet.

N° 16–2010

Call for Media: ESA at Farnborough air show, 19–25 July

13 July 2010

ESA, together with the UK Space Agency, the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and industry, will be exhibiting in a dedicated Space Zone at the Farnborough International Air Show, 19–25 July.

N° 15–2010

Planck unveils the Universe – now and then

05 July 2010

ESA PR-15 2010 ESA’s Planck mission has delivered its first all-sky image. It not only provides new insight into the way stars and galaxies form but also tells us how the Universe itself came to life after the Big Bang.

N° 14–2010

Call for Media: Rosetta flyby of asteroid Lutetia on 10 July

30 June 2010

The media are invited to ESA’s Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany to follow Rosetta’s encounter with asteroid Lutetia on 10 July, 18:00–23:00. The first images of the asteroid will be released before midnight, with experts available for interview.

N° 13–2010

Jean-Jacques Dordain to continue as Director General of ESA

17 June 2010

The Council of the European Space Agency today announced that Jean-Jacques Dordain will continue as the Director General of ESA for a further period of four years. Mr Dordain has served as Director General of ESA since 2003. This third mandate extends his term to June 2015.

N° 12–2010

British Chair for ESA Council

17 June 2010

David Williams, Acting Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, will chair the ESA Council for the next year, effective from 1 July.

N° 11–2010

Call for Media: ESA’s Living Planet Symposium, Bergen, 28 June – 2 July

16 June 2010

The media are invited to ESA's largest scientific event of the year: the Living Planet Symposium, in Bergen, Norway. The symposium covers all areas of Earth observation, highlighting the results and ESA's planned missions, as well as bringing together the key scientists and decision-makers worldwide.

N° 10–2010

Call for Media: launch of Mars500 mission on 3 June in Moscow

25 May 2010

The first full-duration simulation of a human mission to Mars is about to begin. After closing the hatch, the crew of six will remain in their ‘spacecraft’ for 520 days. The media are invited to witness the ‘launch’ of this historic Mars500 mission.

N° 9–2010

Herschel reveals the hidden side of star birth

06 May 2010

The first scientific results from ESA's Herschel infrared space observatory are revealing previously hidden details of star formation. New images show thousands of distant galaxies furiously building stars and beautiful star-forming clouds draped across the Milky Way. One picture even catches an ‘impossible’ star in the act of formation.

N° 8–2010

Press invitation to the Herschel First Results Media Day

27 April 2010

Media representatives are cordially invited to celebrate the release of the first results from ESA’s Herschel infrared space telescope. The theme of the media day is: Revealing the Hidden Side of Star Formation.

N° 7–2010

Successful launch for ESA’s CryoSat-2 ice satellite

08 April 2010

Europe's first mission dedicated to studying the Earth’s ice was launched today from Kazakhstan. From its polar orbit, CryoSat-2 will send back data leading to new insights into how ice is responding to climate change and the role it plays in our ‘Earth system’.

N° 6–2010

Invitation to the press for CryoSat-2 launch

29 March 2010

For the launch of the CryoSat-2 satellite, scheduled for Thursday 8 April at 15:57 CEST, representatives of the press are invited to watch the event live from ESA's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany.

N° 5–2010

Media opportunity: ESA presents European participants in 520-day simulated mission to Mars

12 March 2010

A crew of six, including two Europeans, will soon begin a simulated mission to Mars in a mockup that includes an interplanetary spaceship, a Mars lander and a martian landscape. The Mars500 experiment, as long as a real journey to Mars, will be second to none as the ultimate test of human endurance.

N° 4–2010

Joint Statement: International Space Station Heads of Agency

11 March 2010

The heads of the International Space Station (ISS) agencies from Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States met in Tokyo, Japan, on 11 March 2010, to review ISS cooperation. With the assembly of the ISS nearing completion and the capability to support a full-time crew of six established, they noted the outstanding opportunities now offered by the ISS for on-orbit research and for discovery including the operation and management of the world’s largest international space complex. In particular, they noted the unprecedented opportunities that enhanced use of this unique facility provides to drive advanced science and technology. This research will deliver benefits to humanity on Earth while preparing the way for future exploration activities beyond low-Earth orbit. The ISS will also allow the partnership to experiment with more integrated international operations and research, paving the way for enhanced collaboration on future international missions.

N° 3–2010

CryoSat to observe Earth's ice cover

15 February 2010

The European Space Agency is about to launch the most sophisticated satellite ever to investigate the Earth's ice fields and map ice thickness over water and land: lift-off scheduled for 25 February.

N° 2–2010

Node-3 and Cupola: European technology to complete the ISS

08 February 2010

Space Shuttle Endeavour was launched at 10:14:08 CET today and is heading for the International Space Station carrying two sophisticated European modules: Node-3 (Tranquility) and Cupola. Their installation will mark the completion of the non-Russian part of the ISS, with more than a third of the pressurised Station elements designed and built in Europe.

N° 1–2010

Overview of 2010 ESA Communication activities relevant to the media

05 January 2010

Press conferences, exhibitions, launches, political rendezvous and much more. The following list covers the main Communication activities that ESA will be involved in this year, but is not exhaustive. Please pencil in these events in your diary.