2007 will be a highly symbolic year for the space sector worldwide (50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, marking the start of the space age) and for Europe in particular (50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome establishing the European Community). Under the motto "Discovery, competitiveness and European identity", ESA Communication will strive to promote ESA’s missions in its main areas of activity: Science, Earth observation, Navigation, Telecommunication, Human spaceflight and Exploration, and Launchers. Watch out for press conferences, exhibitions, political rendezvous, launch events and much more.
Below is the list of the main ESA Communication activities this year. Pencil them into your diaries.
"European Exploration workshop", Edinburgh, United Kingdom (no media attendance).
Press conference in London on the outcome of the Edinburgh workshop.
ESA Director General meets the press at ESA Headquarters, Paris, France.
Thomas Reiter returns to Europe: press conference at ESA/EAC in Cologne, Germany.
International Space Station Heads of Agencies meeting, ESA Headquarters, Paris, France.
Planck media event with Alcatel, in Cannes, France.
Rosetta flyby of planet Mars: media event at ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany.
Eurobot 'wet model' testing in Neutral Buoyancy Facility at ESA/EAC, Cologne, Germany.
Vega’s Zefiro-9 test-firing, Salto di Quirra, Sardinia, Italy.
ATV Control Centre inauguration and media day, Toulouse, France.
Christer Fuglesang’s post-flight tour of Nordic countries.
50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome: exhibition on ESA and Space.
Open day at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati (Rome), Italy.
Envisat exhibition at the Palais de la Découverte, Paris, France.
Venus Express results press conference, ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany.
Telecommunication Information Days at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
GMES Conference and Exhibit in the framework of Germany’s EU Presidency, Munich, Germany.
Envisat Symposium 2007, Montreux, Switzerland. ESA exhibition stand.
"From Galileo Galilei to the European Satellite Navigation System": exhibition in Rome, Italy.
ESA astronaut training in ATV mockup, ESA/EAC, Cologne, Germany. Media day.
Thomas Reiter’s post-flight tour (Germany, France, Italy).
16th IAA "Human in Space" Symposium, Beijing, China.
3rd ESA/EC joint Space Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium (highlight: endorsement of the European Space Policy).
ATV media day, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
GOCE Media Day, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
Herschel media event with EADS Astrium, in Friedrichschafen, Germany.
Vega’s Zefiro-23 engine test-firing, Salto di Quirra, Sardinia, Italy.
Cassini-Huygens Project Science Group meeting in Athens, Greece.
50th session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Vienna, Austria: ESA exhibition.
Paris Airshow, Le Bourget, France. ESA exhibition. A public event "Night of Exploration" will take place in Paris during the Airshow.
Night of Exploration at La Cité de l’Espace, Toulouse, France.
International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARS), Barcelona, Spain.
Launch of ATV-1 (Jules Verne), Kourou, French Guiana.
Inauguration of new ESA/ESAC building in Villafranca (Madrid), Spain.
MAKS-2007, International Aerospace Show at Zhukovsky, near Moscow.
Launch of Shuttle mission STS-120 with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli and delivery of Italian-built Node 2, Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
40 years of ESA/ESOC, event tbc at ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany.
Launch of Foton-M3 satellite from the Baikonur cosmodrome with 17 ESA experiments onboard.
58th IAC Congress, Hyderabad, India.
ESA/EAC Open Day, Cologne, Germany.
"European Researchers' Night" at ESA/ESRIN, public event.
"EGNOS opens service", event in Brussels, Belgium, with the EC and the Galileo Supervisory Authority.
Vega’s P80 engine test-firing, Kourou, French Guiana.
Galileo Media Day at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, with Giove B in test centre.
2-4 Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme, Conference, Toulouse
4/10- Mar 08
"100 years of Space", exhibition at La Cité de l’Espace, Toulouse, France with ESA participation.
Launch of STS-122 delivering European Columbus module to ISS with ESA astronaut Hans Schlegel.
Launch of SMOS and Proba-2, Plesetsk, Russia.
International Exploration Conference, Berlin.
Opening of new ESA/ESTEC building, guest and media event.
Paolo Nespoli’s post-flight tour (media activities in Italy and Germany).
Rosetta flyby of the Earth.
ESA/EC GMES exhibit at the Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland.
ESA/ESAC Open Day in Villafranca (Madrid), Spain.
Launch of 2nd Galileo test satellite, Giove-B, Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Open Day during Science Week at ESA/ESAC, Villafranca (Madrid), Spain.
Herschel/Planck Media Days, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
Launch of GOCE, Plesetsk, Russia.
Dates of certain events, especially launches, depend on various factors, such as readiness of the spacecraft and/or launcher. In the calendar of activities, they remain tabled as 'to be defined' (tbd), 'to be confirmed' (tbc) or as happening 'not earlier than' (net) for some time. Definite dates are confirmed by Arianespace (for Ariane launches), Starsem (for Soyuz launches), Eurockot (for Rockot launches) and NASA (for Space Shuttle launches).
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