esa- European Space Agency

Well while NASA is busy with Orion Russia and esa are supporting launched missions to the ISS.  The European Space Agency was established in 1975 dedicated to the exploration of space.  With 19 member states. Headquartered in Paris, members and contributors are France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Austria, Finland, Portugal, Greece, Luxembourg, Czech Republic and Romania.

ESA science missions are based at ESTEC in Noordwijk, Netherlands, Earth Observation missions at ESRIN in Frascati, Italy, ESA Mission Control (ESOC) is in Darmstadt, Germany, the European Astronaut Center (EAC) that trains astronauts for future missions is situated in Cologne, Germany, and the European Space Astronomy Center is located in Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain.

EAS Mission statement:

Today space activities are pursued for the benefit of citizens, and citizens are asking for a better quality of life on earth. They want greater security and economic wealth, but they also want to pursue their dreams, to increase their knowledge, and they want younger people to be attracted to the pursuit of science and technology.  I think that space can do all of this: it can produce a higher quality of life, better security, more economic wealth, and also fulfil our citizens’ dreams and thirst for knowledge, and attract the young generation.  This is the reason space exploration is an integral part of overall space activities.  It has always been so, and it will be even more important in the future.

Cooperation with other countries and organisations:

ESA has signed cooperation agreements with the following states that currently neither plan to integrate as tightly with ESA institutions as Canada, nor envision future membership of ESA: Argentina, Brazil, China ,India (for the Chandrayan mission), and Russia.

Additionally, ESA has joint projects with the European Union, NASA of the United States and is participating in the International Space Station together with the United States (NASA), Russia and Japan (JAXA).

I have mentioned this before, without the space programs none of us would be getting along.  So from all the countries around the world that strive to better the quality of life through space exploration cheer each and every mission for we are going to get there together.  So with the Russian Federal Space Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Chinese Space Agency and European Space Agency I think were beginning to fly.

esa site

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ATV-3 Mission Animation

To give you an idea of the service vehicle going to the ISS and I believe esa has three missions this year, here is a well done animated clip of these unmanned  missions.

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Back at the ISS

This is exactly what I’m talking about all these Space Agencies pulling for one another now that’s moral!

Look who posted it, that’s right NASA!

“Back at the ISS” is a rocking musical greeting to ESA Astronaut André Kuipers, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and the entire crew of the International Space Station on the occasion of the docking of ESA’s third Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), Edoardo Amaldi, set for 28 March 2012.  Video courtesy of the European Space Agency.

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Aurora Australis

André took this video of Aurora Australis from the European Cupola module in the Space Station. The beautiful phenomenon is caused by bursts of particles from the Sun pouring down Earth’s magnetic field into the atmosphere.

These clips just get better all the time.

Thanks Team!

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