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N° 9–2009: ESA presents the new European astronauts at its Paris Headquarters on 20 May

11 May 2009

ESA began the search for new astronauts in 2008, calling for applications from talented European citizens who wished to join the European Astronaut Corps to conduct future missions to the International Space Station, and one day to the Moon and beyond.

Following a very demanding selection process, which started out with 8413 valid applications, ESA is ready to announce the individuals who are to become the new European astronauts. Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, and Simonetta Di Pippo, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight, will present them at ESA Headquarters on 20 May.

On that occasion, media are invited to a press conference at ESA Headquarters starting at 13:15 CEST. Media representatives wishing to attend the event are kindly requested to fill in the attached accreditation form and return it by fax to the ESA Headquarters Media Relations Office: + 33 (0)1 5369 7690.

For more information:

Jean Coisne

Head of EAC Communications & PR Office

Communication and Knowledge Department

Tel: +49 2203 6001 110

email: jean.coisne@esa.int

Markus Bauer

Human Spaceflight Programme Communication Officer

Communication and Knowledge Department

Tel: + 31 71 565 6799

email: markus.bauer@esa.int

ESA presents:

New European Astronauts for Space Exploration

Press conference

20 May 2009, 13:15 CEST

ESA Headquarters,

8-10 rue Mario Nikis, 75015 Paris, France

Programme

12:45

Media registration – ESA Headquarters Room A

13:15

Introduction of the new ESA astronauts by Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General, and Simonetta Di Pippo, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight

13:30

The new ESA astronauts introduce themselves

14:00

Questions and Answers

14:15

Photo opportunity – ESA Foyer

14:30

Possibility of individual interviews with Jean-Jacques Dordain, Simonetta Di Pippo and the new ESA astronauts

15:00

End

New European Astronauts Media Day

20 May 2009

ESA Headquarters, 8-10 rue Mario Nikis, 75015 Paris, France

13:15-15:00

First name:________________________________________________

Last name: _______________________________________________

Media organisation: ______________________________________

Phone number: ____________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________________________

( ) I will attend the media day

Please return by fax or email to:

Brigitte Kolmsee

Media Relations Office

Communication and Knowledge Department

Fax: + 33 (0)1 5369 7690

email: brigitte.kolmsee @ esa.int

For further information:

ESA - Media Relations Office
Tel: +33.(0)1.5369.7299
Fax: +33.(0)1.5369.7690



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