Space Research in Europe

author: Marcos Bavdaž, European Space Research & Technology Centre, European Space Agency (ESA)
published: Dec. 2, 2009,   recorded: November 2009,   views: 3113

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Europe had joined forces more than three decades ago, creating the European Space Agency (ESA). Today the commercially most successful launcher is european, and our space research and technology is cutting edge. Our spacecraft observe the earth, study the Universe and orbit other planets.

These achievements build on a coherent approach, in which ESA plays a major role. Two major scientific satellites have been launched this year: Herschel, the largest telescope yet launched by mankind, and Planck, which is looking back at the dawn of time. Examples of recent results will be presented, and a view of future missions will be given. The lecture will cast some light onto the structure and working of ESA, and its interactions with european industry and research institutions.

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