5 January 2005
In 2005, ESA will be involved in a series of events in Europe and elsewhere. The main ones are listed below and can already be pencilled into your diaries.
Huygens descent on Titan: press event at ESA/ESOC and other ESA centres
ESA Director General meets the press in Paris
Heads of Agency meeting in Montreal, Canada
Huygens results: press conference at ESA HQ, Paris.
Launch of Ariane-5 10t (ECA) from Kourou, French Guiana
'Earth and Space Week' and 3rd GEO Summit in Brussels. Exhibition and events with the EU
Smart-1 results: press conference at ESA HQ, Paris
Mars Express science conference/symposium and press event at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands
Start of female long-duration bedrest study at Medes (Toulouse, France).
ESA's 30th anniversary: 'Open Days' at ESA/ESRIN
ATV Media Day at ESA/ESTEC
Launch of Cryosat from Plesetsk, Russia
39th ESA parabolic flight campaign, Bordeaux, France
Launch of Maser 10 from Kiruna, Sweden
Noordwijk Space Expo re-opens to public after refurbishment (activities at ESA/ESTEC).
Launch of Soyuz to the ISS with ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori onboard
4th European Conference on Space Debris at ESA/ESOC
2nd Space Council (joint ESA/EU Council meeting at ministerial level) in Luxembourg
'EGNOS operational' event, Brussels.
Launch of ESA student satellites by Cosmos from Plesetsk, Russia
40th ESA parabolic flight campaign, Bordeaux
(t.b.c.) ESA's 30th anniversary: Open Days at ESA/ESTEC
Foton-M2 launch on Soyuz from Baikonur
14/05 at the earliest: Space Shuttle return to flight, mission to the ISS (May/June window) – Media event at ESA/ESTEC (Erasmus User Centre)
Female long-duration bedrest study ends – Press conference at Medes, Toulouse
ESA takes part in the Salon de l’Innovation et de la Recherche, Paris
Paris Air Show/Le Bourget, France (ESA not taking part).
2nd Ariane-5 ECA launch (Meteosat Second Generation - MSG-2 - onboard).
European Space Programmes at Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham (UK) – until end-September.
Moscow Air Show, ESA exhibit.
'The long night of the stars / Lange Nacht der Sterne' – ESA's 30th anniversary: Open Day at ESA/ESOC.
Vega launcher firing test in Sardinia, Italy
Soyuz flight from Baikonur for long-duration mission on the ISS
IAF 2005, Fukuoka, Japan
41st ESA parabolic flight campaign, Bordeaux
Launch of 'Jules Verne' ATV on Ariane-5 from Kourou.
First Galileo launch from Baikonur
Launch of Venus Express on Soyuz/Fregat from Baikonur.
Launch of new version of Soyuz, qualification flight from Baikonur
ESA Council meeting at ministerial level in Berlin.
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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