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Join #EarthGroupies for the launch of Aeolus

Join the #EarthGroupies at the Aeolus SocialSpace event

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Are you passionate about our planet and how satellites help us to understand our changing world? Do you love sharing messages on social media? Then the new #EarthGroupies community at ESA’s SocialSpace event on 21 August 2018 is for you! Apply to join Europe’s Earth observation revolution!

#EarthGroupies will have the chance to:

  • Meet and talk to experts on Earth sciences, climate and weather forecasting
  • Receive custom briefings and updates from ESA experts and mission scientists
  • Follow the launch live via video feed with ESA colleagues and international experts
  • Meet the scientists and engineers who bring ESA’s Earth Explorer missions to life

The Aeolus SocialSpace event will be held in conjunction with the launch of the Aeolus satellite from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Liftoff on a Vega rocket is set for 21 August 2018 at 23:20 CEST.

Aeolus uses pioneering laser technology to probe the lowermost 30 km of our atmosphere to profile the wind – this is a completely new approach to measuring winds.

The event is for people who:

  • Have a keen interest in Earth and how satellites gather data
  • Actively use multiple social media channels, platforms and tools to share relevant information
  • Regularly produce new content, share and reuse images, audio and video
  • Can reach audiences using their social media channels and at off-line venues such as schools, universities, clubs and other organisations
  • Have previous postings that are respected and accurate

Date, times and venue
The SocialSpace event will get under way in the early afternoon of Tuesday 21 August 2018 and continue through the evening to 00:35 CEST. A detailed programme will be communicated to accepted applicants. The event will be held at ESA’s European Spacecraft Operations Centre at Robert-Bosch Strasse 5, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany. Details on how to get there can be found at: Getting to ESOC.

Earth Explorers and Aeolus
ESA’s Earth Explorer satellites deliver a wealth of information to advance our understanding of how Earth works as a system and to show how humans are affecting natural processes. With the data also yielding unexpected discoveries, these missions all continue to surpass their original scope. Set to follow suit, Aeolus measures the most dynamic aspect of our atmosphere: the wind.

Aeolus carries one of the most sophisticated instruments ever to be put into orbit. The first of its kind, the Aladin instrument includes revolutionary laser technology to beam pulses of ultraviolet light down into the atmosphere to profile the world’s wind. Aeolus will advance our knowledge of the atmosphere, improve weather forecasting and contribute to climate change research.

Learn more about the extraordinary Aeolus satellite mission.

How to apply
To apply, please complete the online application form. Be sure to include your name, social media account name(s), contact information, and importantly, a few words describing your interest in joining.

Applications may be submitted for one person only and are non-transferable. Please do not submit multiple applications. All applicants must be at least 18 years old on 21 August 2018.

Please read the full Terms and Conditions before completing your application.

Wi-Fi access, dinner and additional catering will be provided. Individual participants are responsible for all other travel, accommodation and miscellaneous expenses. The event will be held in English. Questions can be answered in different languages where available.

The application deadline is 31 July 2018.

Selection and invitations
Once all applications have been reviewed, an invitation email with confirmation information and additional instructions will be sent to the selected participants and to those on the waiting list, no later than 2 August 2018.

On Twitter follow @Social4Space, @esa_EO and @esaoperations. We will use these channels to post updates about the application process and the SocialSpace event. The official hashtag for the mission is #Aeolus and for the attendants it is #EarthGroupies.

Send queries to or tweet us at @ESA_EO using the #EarthGroupies hashtag.

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