European Space Agency

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The European Space Agency (ESA), headquartered in Paris, France, is "Europe's gateway to space." The ESA mission is "to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the people of Europe."

The "ESA's job is to draw up the European space plan and carry it through. The Agency's projects are designed to find out more about the Earth, its immediate space environment, the solar system and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe to share the benefits of space with the whole of mankind."[1]

The ESA has 15 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. "In addition Canada and Hungary participate in some projects under cooperation agreements."

Contact details

8-10 rue Mario Nikis
75738 Paris Cedex 15
France
Phone: +33 1 5369 7654
Fax: +33 1 5369 7560
Email: ContactESA AT esa.int
URL: http://www.esa.int

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