European Space Agency (ESA)
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA is an international organisation that today counts 18 Member States (2010), including the UK. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
ESA’s space activities range from the robotic and manned exploration of the Universe, to observing the Earth and studying its global changes, to providing space platforms for navigation and telecommunications, to ensuring European independent access to space through its launcher programme, and to developing new technologies.
Along with governments and the most important science and technology operators in Europe, ESA also recognises the importance of supporting science and technology education to help build and strengthen tomorrow’s workforce in these domains. The European Space Education Resource Office project, or ESERO, represents ESA’s major initiative in the field of primary and secondary education (see also ‘About us’).
For more information about ESA visit: www.esa.int.
For more information about ESA’s Education programme visit: www.esa.int/education.