The date is fixed: you are invited to the annual ESA Open Day at ESTEC, ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands, on Sunday, 7 October.
The theme this year is ‘A voyage through space with Europe’. We’ll have all ESA establishments represented on site, either with speakers giving talks or live link-ups to the different centres. You’ll be able to meet astronauts, scientists and engineers, plus some special guests. You’ll see how we design space missions, how we develop the technologies needed to go into space and how we simulate space on the ground. With the help of our colleagues from the other ESA centres, we’ll complete the life-cycle of a mission and see how it is launched and controlled once in space!
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The prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, comes to Parliament to talk about Europe’s future, while members discuss the Iran nuclear deal, financial assistance for Ukraine, new rules on unmanned aircraft, and reducing CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles.
On 3 April 1968, the new European Space Technology and Research Centre, ESTEC, was inaugurated by HRHs Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands.
In the decades since that day, ESTEC has grown into ESA’s largest establishment, and the technical and organisational hub of Europe’s space sector.
Enjoy the story of ESTEC in this video – and try to imagine what the next 50 years might bring!
Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web TV virtual studios. Sentinel-2 treats us to a view of rare ice in the Netherlands in this week’s edition.
See also http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2018/03/Netherlands_ice to download the image.