Media are invited to ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands on 7 February for the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Columbus laboratory and the launch of the first Automated Transfer Vehicle.
One space lab, five spacecraft, 10 years of success. Nearly a decade ago, the Columbus laboratory set sail for humanity’s new world in space.
Shortly afterwards, the first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) arrived at the International Space Station as the most reliable and complex spacecraft ever built in Europe.
The event is a unique opportunity to re-live some exciting milestones, connect live to the Station and look into space exploration plans.
The larger Columbus family of planners, builders, scientists, support teams and astronauts will gather to celebrate the past, present and future of Europe’s major contributions to the Station.
Programme (times CET)
|13:30||Welcome by Jan Wörner, ESA Director General|
|13:50||Roundtable “How did Europe join the Space Station?” led by Jörg Feustel-Büechl|
|14:25||Roundtable “Challenges of a space adventure – from development to launch”, led by Alan Thirkettle|
|15:10||Video link with the Columbus Control Centre in Germany|
|16:00||Roundtable “A decade of European research”, led by Marc Heppener|
|16:40||Conversation with ESA astronauts|
|17:15||ESA goes commercial: signing of agreement for the Bartolomeo all-in-one space service|
|17:25||Closing remarks by David Parker and Mark Geyer|
|17:45||Live call with the International Space Station|
The event will be held at: ESA/ESTEC Erasmus High Bay Keplerlaan 1 2201 AZ, Noordwijk The Netherlands
Media representatives with press and/or social media credentials are requested to register at: https://se.myconvento.com/public/event_register/do_register/2067008
The celebrations will be livestreamed from 13:30 CET at:www.esa.int/columbus