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N° 1–2007: Overview of ESA communication activities in 2007 relevant to the media

4 January 2007

2007 will be a highly symbolic year for the space sector worldwide (50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, marking the start of the space age) and for Europe in particular (50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome establishing the European Community). Under the motto "Discovery, competitiveness and European identity", ESA Communication will strive to promote ESA’s missions in its main areas of activity: Science, Earth observation, Navigation, Telecommunication, Human spaceflight and Exploration, and Launchers. Watch out for press conferences, exhibitions, political rendezvous, launch events and much more.

Below is the list of the main ESA Communication activities this year. Pencil them into your diaries.

January

8-9

"European Exploration workshop", Edinburgh, United Kingdom (no media attendance).

10

Press conference in London on the outcome of the Edinburgh workshop.

17

ESA Director General meets the press at ESA Headquarters, Paris, France.

18

Thomas Reiter returns to Europe: press conference at ESA/EAC in Cologne, Germany.

23

International Space Station Heads of Agencies meeting, ESA Headquarters, Paris, France.

February

1 tbc

Planck media event with Alcatel, in Cannes, France.

25

Rosetta flyby of planet Mars: media event at ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany.

Tbd

Eurobot 'wet model' testing in Neutral Buoyancy Facility at ESA/EAC, Cologne, Germany.

Tbd

Vega’s Zefiro-9 test-firing, Salto di Quirra, Sardinia, Italy.

Tbd

ATV Control Centre inauguration and media day, Toulouse, France.

March

Tbd

Christer Fuglesang’s post-flight tour of Nordic countries.

Tbd

50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome: exhibition on ESA and Space.

Tbd

Open day at ESA/ESRIN, Frascati (Rome), Italy.

April

2/4-26/8

Envisat exhibition at the Palais de la Découverte, Paris, France.

11 tbc

Venus Express results press conference, ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany.

16-17

Telecommunication Information Days at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

17-30

GMES Conference and Exhibit in the framework of Germany’s EU Presidency, Munich, Germany.

23-27

Envisat Symposium 2007, Montreux, Switzerland. ESA exhibition stand.

Tbd

"From Galileo Galilei to the European Satellite Navigation System": exhibition in Rome, Italy.

Tbd

ESA astronaut training in ATV mockup, ESA/EAC, Cologne, Germany. Media day.

Tbd

Thomas Reiter’s post-flight tour (Germany, France, Italy).

May

20-24

16th IAA "Human in Space" Symposium, Beijing, China.

22

3rd ESA/EC joint Space Council meeting in Brussels, Belgium (highlight: endorsement of the European Space Policy).

Tbd

ATV media day, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Tbd

GOCE Media Day, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Tbd

Herschel media event with EADS Astrium, in Friedrichschafen, Germany.

June

Tbd

Vega’s Zefiro-23 engine test-firing, Salto di Quirra, Sardinia, Italy.

4-8

Cassini-Huygens Project Science Group meeting in Athens, Greece.

6-15

50th session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Vienna, Austria: ESA exhibition.

18-24

Paris Airshow, Le Bourget, France. ESA exhibition. A public event "Night of Exploration" will take place in Paris during the Airshow.

July

7

Night of Exploration at La Cité de l’Espace, Toulouse, France.

23-27

International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARS), Barcelona, Spain.

net 25

Launch of ATV-1 (Jules Verne), Kourou, French Guiana.

Tbd

Inauguration of new ESA/ESAC building in Villafranca (Madrid), Spain.

August

End

MAKS-2007, International Aerospace Show at Zhukovsky, near Moscow.

September

net 7

Launch of Shuttle mission STS-120 with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli and delivery of Italian-built Node 2, Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

8

40 years of ESA/ESOC, event tbc at ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany.

14 tbc

Launch of Foton-M3 satellite from the Baikonur cosmodrome with 17 ESA experiments onboard.

24/28

58th IAC Congress, Hyderabad, India.

Tbd

ESA/EAC Open Day, Cologne, Germany.

tbd

"European Researchers' Night" at ESA/ESRIN, public event.

Tbd

"EGNOS opens service", event in Brussels, Belgium, with the EC and the Galileo Supervisory Authority.

Tbd

Vega’s P80 engine test-firing, Kourou, French Guiana.

Tbd

Galileo Media Day at ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, with Giove B in test centre.

October

2-4 Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme, Conference, Toulouse

4/10- Mar 08

"100 years of Space", exhibition at La Cité de l’Espace, Toulouse, France with ESA participation.

net 17

Launch of STS-122 delivering European Columbus module to ISS with ESA astronaut Hans Schlegel.

Tbd

Launch of SMOS and Proba-2, Plesetsk, Russia.

Tbd

International Exploration Conference, Berlin.

Tbd

Opening of new ESA/ESTEC building, guest and media event.

Tbd

Paolo Nespoli’s post-flight tour (media activities in Italy and Germany).

November

13

Rosetta flyby of the Earth.

15-19

ESA/EC GMES exhibit at the Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland.

Tbd

ESA/ESAC Open Day in Villafranca (Madrid), Spain.

Tbd

Launch of 2nd Galileo test satellite, Giove-B, Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Tbd

Open Day during Science Week at ESA/ESAC, Villafranca (Madrid), Spain.

December

Tbd

Herschel/Planck Media Days, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Tbd

Launch of GOCE, Plesetsk, Russia.

Dates of certain events, especially launches, depend on various factors, such as readiness of the spacecraft and/or launcher. In the calendar of activities, they remain tabled as 'to be defined' (tbd), 'to be confirmed' (tbc) or as happening 'not earlier than' (net) for some time. Definite dates are confirmed by Arianespace (for Ariane launches), Starsem (for Soyuz launches), Eurockot (for Rockot launches) and NASA (for Space Shuttle launches).

For further information, please contact:

ESA Media Relations Office

Tel: +33(0)1.53.69.7155

Fax: +33(0)1.53.69.7690

For further information:

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



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