On Saturday, the European Space Operations Centre hosts the Long Night of the Stars, a sell-out, open-house event designed to foster interest in space science, education, and research. All tickets are already sold out!
On Saturday, 18 September 2004, ESOC will participate in Stern magazine's Long Night of the Stars (“Lange Nacht der Sterne”), an event involving some 170 planataria, observatories, astronomical associations, museums, companies, and scientific institutes in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria – all of which will host open-door events for the general public.
The Long Night of the Stars is designed to boost public interest in space science, astronomy, and space-related research, education and industry.
The program at ESOC will include:
- visits to the control rooms (Main Control Room plus control rooms for Huygens, Envisat, and Cluster/XMM; Ground Segment, Flight Dynamics)
- visits to the engineering models for Huygens and Rosettta
- a series of presentations in the Building H conference centre
The European Space Agency (ESA) is a keen sponsor of the Long Night of the Stars, together with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), automaker Mercedes Benz, the German Space Agency (DLR), the European Southern Observatory, and the Association of Friends of the Stars (VdS).
The event at ESOC is shaping up to be hugely popular; over 3000 guests are expected to attend Long Night of the Stars, the first time in 25 years that a large public audience is welcomed on-site to learn about the ESA, ESOC, spacecraft operations, and present and future space exploration projects.
Registrations for ESOC’s Long Night of the Stars will no longer be accepted as all available tickets have been reserved.
For more information on other Long Night events in your area, follow the link at right to the organizer's website (German language).