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carl walker
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posted 08-26-2013 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
European Space Agency release
Europe's space hub to open its doors on 6 October

In place for more than half a century, ESTEC is the incubator of the European space effort, where most ESA projects are born and where they are guided through development. Involvement may start with initial mission planning, research projects or laboratory support, extending to the testing of entire spacecraft in the ESTEC Test Centre, the largest facility of its kind in Europe. And ESTEC's Erasmus is the leading European repository of human spaceflight expertise.

ESTEC's Space Expo visitor centre is open year-round but on 6 October this year, for one day only from 10:00 to 17:00, the entire establishment is being opened to the public – provided you book early enough.

This year's Open Day is taking place as part of the Netherlands' national Weekend of Science.

This will be your chance to meet ESA astronauts, talk to space scientists and engineers, view specialist laboratories and test equipment simulating every aspect of the orbital environment, look at satellites being tested for space and touch hardware that has already flown in space.

Not to mention all the additional space exhibitions, videos and lectures, ESA merchandise for sale and dedicated children's activities planned for the Open Day.

Full details will be given later this summer, but in the meantime visitors can register through this link.

Because we are obliged to limit the total number of visitors, to ensure a great experience for all who do attend, we urge you to book early to avoid disappointment.

carl walker
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posted 09-17-2013 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We'll have ESA astronauts Andre Kuipers and Reinhold Ewald, NASA astronaut Steve Smith, and two of ESA's first selection group from 1978 - Ulf Merbold from Germany (Spacelab 1/STS-9) and Franco Malerba of Italy (Italy's first astronaut).

There will be lectures through the day, with some limited time for signings after each talk.

carl walker
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posted 10-05-2013 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately, Steve Smith has had to pull out of tomorrow's events because of the situation in the US. Also Franco Malerba has cancelled due to a recent illness.

We still have Andre, Ulf and Reinhold attending.

carl walker
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posted 10-09-2013 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent day, we had over 8500 people through the gates. Thanks for coming if you attended!

JBoe
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posted 10-09-2013 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would be interested in seeing what you got for "freebies" or anything "cool" you bought.

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