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N° 43–2014 Media backgrounder for ESA Council at Ministerial Level

27 November 2014

The next Council at Ministerial Level (C/M 14) for the European Space Agency (ESA) takes place in Luxembourg on 2 December. The main topics for decision are reflected in three Resolutions: the Resolution on Europe’s access to space, which recognises the strategic and socio-economic value for Europe to maintain an independent, reliable and affordable access to space for institutional and commercial European customers and underlines the new governance principles related to the exploitation of Europe’s next launcher, Ariane 6, and of the evolution of Vega, Vega-C; the Resolution on Europe’s space exploration strategy, addressing ESA’s three destinations (low-Earth orbit (LEO), Moon and Mars) and, for the LEO destination, in particular the International Space Station (ISS) Programme; and, finally, the Resolution on ESA evolution.

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N° 42–2014 ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti arrives at Space Station

24 November 2014

The Soyuz spacecraft launched from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan last night safely docked with the International Space Station this morning, delivering ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and her crewmates to the weightless research centre where they will live and work for five months.

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N° 41–2014 Call for Media: ESA's GOCE mission continues serving Earth science

20 November 2014

Media are invited to a press briefing on the scientific results that continue to come from ESA’s gravity mission.

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N° 40–2014 Call for Media: ESA Council Meeting at Ministerial Level, Luxembourg, 2 December 2014

13 November 2014

Ministers in charge of space activities within the 20 ESA Member States and Canada will meet in Luxembourg on 2 December to take key decisions on Europe's launcher programmes, the European Participation in the ISS Exploitation Programme, the future European strategy for exploration and the evolution of ESA.

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