ESOC inauguration 1967

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Hessischer Rundfunk


This remarkable video footage was provided by Hessische Rundfunk and was recorded for TV broadcast on 8 September 1967 during the inauguration of the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Darmstadt, Germany. The original audio is in German (there is no English version available).

The footage includes shots of the exterior main entrance, the newly built A-Building at ESOC (which was demolished in 2016 to make way for new construction), the arrival of the VIPs, the inauguration speeches, signing of the agreement between the European Space Research Organisation (ESRO) and Germany to establish ESOC -- ESRO was the parent organisation of ESOC and a forerunner to ESA, views of the computer facilities.

The VIPs seen in the footage include Gerhard Stoltenberg, the German Federal Minister of Scientific Research, the Justice Minister for the State of Hessen, Johannes Strelitz, the ESRO Director General Pierre Auger and the Lord Mayor of Darmstadt, Ludwig Engel.

In Minister Stoltenberg's address, he makes reference to the newly assigned tasks of ESOC, that is, to assume responsibility for satellite operations.

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