Overview of ESA communication activities in 2006 relevant to the media

3 January 2006

ESA PR 01-2006. Press conferences, exhibitions, launches, and much more. Here is the list of the main communication activities ESA will be involved in this year. Pencil them in into your diaries.

January  
16/01 ESA Director General meets the press at ESA Head Office, Paris
February
21/22 “Au-delà du bleu du ciel”, astronaut film avant-première, Cité de l’Espace,
Toulouse (21/02) and ESA/EAC, Cologne (22/02)
March
02/04 “Citizens Jury on Space Exploration”, Science Museum, London
13/18 ESA/CNES conference on 15 years of progress radar Altimetry, Venice Italy
21/03 “Nights of the astronauts”, Barcelona, Spain
21/23 Oceanology International – London, UK
24 Press conference at Cosmo Caixa to announce the ESA permanent exhibit and
the opening of the Education office – Barcelona, Spain
Tbc Launch of Maxus 7 from Esrange, Kiruna, Sweden
Tbc Columbus Day, at Bremen, Germany : EADS, presentation of the Columbus
laboratory with its experiment facilities assembled
21/31 42nd and 43rd ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign, Airport Bordeaux-Blagnac, France
April  
02/04-07/04 EGU, European Geoscience Union, General Assembly 2006, Vienna, Austria
03/07 ESA Participation at MIP-TV, Cannes, France
11/04 Venus Express Orbit Insertion; event at ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany
Tbc Launch of 2nd Galileo In Orbit Validation Elment, GIOVE-B, from Baikonur, Kazakhstan
18/04-30/04 Global Monitoring for Environment and Security Conference (19/20 April)
and exhibition, Graz, Austria
27/04 Columbus delivered to KSC from EADS, Bemen, Germany
May
Tbc Launch of ESA Astronaut Thomas Reiter from KSC, Florida for long-duration mission “Astrolab”
on STS-121/ULF-1.1, with ESA equipment
16/05-21/05 ILA 2006 (Internationale Luft-und Raumfahrt Ausstellung) exhibition, Berlin, Germany
Tbc Delivery of European Robotic Arm to Russia
June  
08/06-10/06 ECSITE, European Collaborative for Science and Technical Exhibitions,
Annual Conference, Technolpole/ Mechelen. Belgium
08/06-11/06 Européen de la Recherche et de l’Innovation, Paris, France
30/06 tbc Launch of METOP satellite, from Baikonur, Kazakhstan
19/06-23/06 SpaceOps Conference and exhibition, Rome Italy
Tbc European USOC Day, European-wide event to present the network of User
Support and Operations Centres for the International Space Station
July
15/07-19/07 Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), Munich, Germany
17/07-23/07 Farnborough International Airshow, Farnborough, United-Kingdom
Tbc Mission of ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang on Space Shuttle mission STS-116
to the International Space Station (under review by NASA)
August
17/08 End of SMART-1 mission (spacecraft to crash on the Moon)
September
27/09 Opening of Spaceflight and Universe Exhibition at Landesmuseum fur Technik und Arbeit,
Mannheim, Germany (open till October 2006)
October  
02/10-06/10 57th IAC Congress at City of Arts and Science, Valencia, Spain
20/10 European Astronomy Day
Tbc Launch of Corot satellite on Ariane 5 from Kourou, French Guyana
Tbc 44th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign, Airport Bordeaux-Blagnac, France
December
Tbc Delivery of Node 3 for the ISS to NASA, KSC

Dates of certain events, especially of launches, depend on various factors, such as readiness of the spacecraft and/or launcher, and thus remain t.b.c. (to be confirmed) for some time. All Ariane launch dates are provisional, with definite dates being confirmed by Arianespace. Soyuz launch dates are confirmed by Starsem, and Space Shuttle launches by Nasa.

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