A presentation of the history and motives of the European Space Agency. A background is given to Europe's non-military involvement in the exploration of space, starting with the aspirations of Amaldi and Auger and the subsequent establishment of ELDO and ESRO. Material includes the Europa rocket, the 1975 merging to form ESA, and the Ariane series of launchers. Moving through the categories of space science, satellite communications, Earth observation, manned spaceflight and microgravity research - including involvement in the proposed Freedom space station - this documentary uses specific examples to explain why space exploration is a valid investment for Europe.
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