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N° 36–2005: ESA awaits Space Shuttle’s return to flight

8 July 2005

The US Space Shuttle is poised to lift off from the Kennedy Space Center as of 13 July on a 12-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The success of that mission will give new momentum to the ISS, as future Shuttle missions will be transporting large modules from ESA, notably the Columbus laboratory, Japan and the US into orbit to continue the Space Station’s construction. Eleven European countries, represented by ESA, together with the US, Russia, Japan and Canada are building the ISS.

ESA’s Columbus and its sophisticated experiment facilities will allow crews of astronauts to conduct research and development in microgravity in material sciences, medicine, biology and technology, many eventually leading to benefits for everyday life on Earth. The work on board will be controlled from a mission control centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich in Germany.

The return-to-flight of the Space Shuttle also opens the door for missions by ESA astronauts, with Thomas Reiter of Germany scheduled to fly on the subsequent Space Shuttle in September for a six-month stay on board the ISS, and Christer Fuglesang of Sweden on a Shuttle mission in early 2006.

Media can follow the launch of the STS-114 mission from various ESA Centres: ESA/ESTEC at Noordwijk (the Netherlands), ESA/ESRIN at Frascati (Italy) and ESA/EAC at Cologne (Germany).

Media representatives wishing to attend the event at any of the centres are kindly requested to fill in the attached accreditation form and return it to the relevant contact person listed for each venue.

ESA Television downlink parameters will be posted at http://television.esa.int, about 24 hours before the event. For all TV enquiries, contact Claus Habfast, Tel.:+31.71.565.3838 – Fax:+31.71.565.6340, e-mail: claus.habfast@esa.int

For further information please contact:

ESA Media Relations Division

Paris (France)

Tel: +33 1 5369 7155

Fax: +33 1 5369 7690

ACCREDITATION REQUEST FORM

Shuttle Return to Flight

Wednesday 13 July – 21h00 – 22h30

First Name : _________________ Surname:_____________________

Media : ____________________________________________________

Address : __________________________________________________

Tel.: _______________________ Fax:__________________________

Mobile: ____________________ E-mail: _______________________

Wednesday 13 July :

I will attend from the following establishment :

[ ]The Netherlands

Location : ESA/ESTEC, Space Expo, Keplerlaan 3, Noordwijk

Contact : Michel van Baal

Tel.: +31.71.565.3006 – During event : +31.71.364.6446 – Fax: +31.71.565.5728 – e-mail: michel.van.baal@esa.int

Please call the information number before coming to Space Expo, to check the countdown status : +31.71.565.8016

[ ]Italy

Location :ESA/ESRIN - Magellan Room

Contact : Simonetta Cheli

Tel.: +39.06.9418.0350 - Fax: +39.06.9418.0352 – e-mail: simonetta.cheli@esa.int

[ ]Germany

Location : ESA/EAC, Linder Höhe – Cologne

Contact : Maren Stock

Tel.: +49.2203.6001.111 – Fax: +49.2203.6001.112 – e-mail : maren.stock@esa.int

For further information:

ESA Media Relations Division
Tel: +33(0)1.53.69.7155
Fax: +33(0)1.53.69.7690



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