21 August 1996
Exactly one year after the start of the highly successful EUROMIR 95 mission, which saw ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter on board space station Mir for 180 days, a post-flight Investigators Working Group (IWG) meeting will take place on 3 and 4 September at ESA's European Astronaut Center (EAC) in Cologne.
Samples collected during the mission and a wealth of data were returned to Earth on board the Soyuz spacecraft at the end of the mission on 29 February 1996. A number of baseline data collection sessions have taken place since then, specifically for the scientists and researchers of the life sciences community. During these sessions, physical and physiological data concerning the EUROMIR 95 astronauts were measured at regular intervals.
In the light of the evaluation of these data, the Principal Investigators (the scientists whose experiments have flown on board Mir during the mission) have now been invited to present their preliminary findings and results at the September Investigators Working Group.
The Working Group meetings will cover two days: the first day will be devoted to life sciences results, whereas the second day will be shared between the results of technology and material sciences experiments and the results in the field of astrophysics.
The event will be attended by some 50 scientists and researchers mainly from Universities and Research institutes of the Member States who have contributed to the EUROMIR 95 programme (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom) and from the USA, and will be opened by J. Feustel-B_echl, ESA Director of Manned Spaceflight and Microgravity.
Representatives of the press specialising in scientific disciplines wishing to attend the Working Group meeting are kindly requested to contact ESA/EAC, Public Relations, in Cologne (Germany) on tel. + 49 2203 60 01 for accreditation.