ESA at the Luxembourg Science Festival, 12-15 November 2009

The Luxembourg Science Festival 2009
9 November 2009

The 7th Luxembourg Science Festival will take place from 12 to 15 November at the Cultural Centre of the Abbaye de Neumünster and the national Natural History Museum, Luxembourg.

This event, organised in the framework of the European Science Week and supported by the Museum, the Ministry of Culture together with the National Research Fund of Luxembourg, aims to promote scientific culture, research and technology in Luxembourg and to stimulate the interest of the public and young students in particular.

The European Space Agency, ESA, will be present at the festival with a number of exhibits covering European space activities: exploration of the solar system and deep space, Earth observation and meteorology, satellite communications and navigation systems, launchers, human space flight and space laboratories.

A model of Ariane 5

Visitors will see a detailed scale model of the Ariane 5 launcher, which will be exhibited in the main courtyard of the Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster.

An exhibition of ESA activities will take place in room A21 on the second floor of the Abbey, including a special focus on ExoMars, a European rover that will land on the red planet in 2018 and on Envisat, the largest Earth observation satellite ever built that gives us highly precise data on the state of Earth’s land, atmosphere, oceans and ice caps.

Exploring Mars

The public can also play with an interactive ESA Space Quiz to test their knowledge about the Earth and other planets, moons, stars, astronauts and European space missions.

Throughout the week, a number of workshops will be hosted by ESA’s partners, the Ministry of Culture, the National Research Fund of Luxembourg and the national delegation to ESA’s Advisory Committee on Education.

The Luxembourg Science Festival is open to the general public on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November. On Thursday 12 and Friday 13 access is reserved for schools and pre-registered groups.

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