Media advisory: Inauguration of ESA tracking station Malargüe, Argentina

ESA's new 35m deep space station Malargüe, Argentina, ESTRACK
The 35-meter antenna in Malargüe, Argentina
11 December 2012

Media outreach event 17 December and downloadable files

ESA’s new tracking station in Malargüe, Argentina, will be formally inaugurated on 18 December. No media event in Europe is planned. A press release and web news updates will appear in the main ESA web site (http://www.esa.int) this week and on inauguration day. The media factsheet (below) provides links to downloadable image and video files.

The inauguration ceremony will take place 18 December at the station in the presence of Julio de Vido, Argentina’s Minister of Federal Planning, Services and Public Investment, as well as ESA’s Thomas Reiter, Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations, and Alvaro Giménez Cañete, Director of Science and Robotic Exploration.

The new station is located 30 km south of Malargüe city, Mendoza Province, Argentina, some 1200 km west of Buenos Aires.

On 17 December 2012, 14:00–16:00, Argentina’s Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE) will host a science outreach event to mark the inauguration at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (UCA), Edificio San José, Buenos Aires.

Invited guests will include scientists, astronomers, academia, local politicians and media. Media wishing to attend should contact CONAE directly: CONAE Av. Paseo Colón 751, Buenos Aires, Tel: +54 11 4331 0074 http://www.conae.gov.ar/principal.html

Additional information plus digital files (links to downloadable high-resolution images and HD video) via: http://bit.ly/UP7TGr or http://bit.ly/mlg_factsheet2

For more information, contact: 

The Corporate Communications Office
ESOC European Space Operations Centre
Darmstadt, Germany
Tel: +49 6151 90 2516
esoc.communication@esa.int

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