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European Space Policy Newsletter Nr.11 - February 2005 - Special Issue for Earth and Space Week

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The European Space Policy Newsletter brings together the latest updates from the 'European Space Policy' website, designed to keep readers informed on European activities in space and to help European citizens better understand how they can benefit from space-related technology.
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Nr.11 - February 2005 - Special Issue for Earth and Space Week




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SPECIAL FEATURES
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Earth Observation targets developing world
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"It is the developing countries that have the most to gain from the setting up of a global Earth Observation system. The lack of such makes it terribly difficult to adequately deal with the developing world?s economic, environmental and humanitarian challenges." - Rob Adam, South Africa?s Director General of the Department of Science and Technology and GEO Co-Chair.

http://europa.eu.int/comm/space/news/article_1991_en.html

Tech transfer still a plus for the space industry
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Over 40 years of space exploration has led to a steady flow of technology transfers. Scientists and policy-makers say our living world is a healthier, safer, more environmentally friendly place, thanks to European space research.

http://europa.eu.int/comm/space/news/article_1971_en.html

The space industry - Europe at the crossroads
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The European space sector has seen the best and worst of times in the last 10 years, in many ways paralleling developments in the telecommunications sector. Business surged in the 1990s, with expanding sales of satellite systems and services and the emergence of new industrial players, only to see growth stagnate as the new century ticked over. Now, after several years of flat growth, the sector sees promising opportunities linked to new EU initiatives in space and security.

http://europa.eu.int/comm/space/news/article_1970_en.html

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FULL PROGRAMME OF THE EARTH & SPACE WEEK
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MAJOR EVENTS

9 --> 20/02
Earth & Space Sphere
A 20 meter diameter internal projection screen, never seen before in Belgium!

Throughout Earth & Space Week, the sphere will present beautiful animated images of the beauty and fragility of our planet- seen from land and from space plus our solar system and beyond.

> Morning: 06:00 - 09:00
> Afternoon: 16:30 - 23:00
> Rond Point Schuman - Brussels
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12 --> 20/02
Earth & Space EXPO
Earth & Space Week has something for everyone designed stimulate an understanding and appreciation of Earth observation and Space.

> Weekdays: 09:30 - 18:00 + Weekends: 10:00 - 18:00
> Autoworld Museum (Parc du Cinquantenaire), Brussels
> Entrance to the Earth & Space Expo is free of charge

More info: http://europa.eu.int/comm/space/esw/expo/article_1513_en.htm
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DAY BY DAY

Fri. 11/02 14:00
Official Expo Opening Cermony followed by Award Ceremony for Children?s competition "A Flag for Planet Earth"
(by invitation only)

> Earth & Space EXPO
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Sat. 12/02 14:00
An opportunity to mix and mingle with the European astronaut corps.

> Theatre Earth, Autoworld - Brussels
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Sat. 12/02
SPACE QUIZ!
Test your knowledge of Space and win prizes!

> Throughout the day.
Earth & Space Expo - Theatre Earth, Autoworld
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Sun. 13/02 14:00
Meet the Astronauts
An opportunity to mix and mingle with the European astronaut corps.

> Theatre Earth, Autoworld - Brussels
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Sun. 13/02
SPACE QUIZ!
Test your knowledge of Space and win prizes!

> Throughout the day.

> Earth & Space Expo - Theatre Earth, Autoworld
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Mon. - Tues. 14 - 15/02
Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
The 6th meeing of the GEO meets to finalise a 10-Year Plan to create a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to be adoted at the Thris Earth obseravtion Summit on 16 Feb.

(delegates only)


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Mon. 14/02 12:45 - 13:45
Public Lunchtime Seminar: "Depressions and cold fronts! Our weather systems explained"
Speaker: Dr. Marianne König, Meteorological Scientist, EUMETSAT
This seminar will explore the beautiful and information-filled images from the Meteosat weather satellite. What do they look like? What do the images tell the professional weather forecasters, as well as the public? Learn how these images are used to forecast the weather days in advance and are used to monitor other long term changes in our climate.

> Earth & Space Expo Seminar Centre, Autoworld - Brussels
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Mon. 14/02 20:00
Valentine's Night Star Party
Join amateur astronomers, astronauts and "Earth & Space" enthusiasts to explore the romance of the night sky.

> Earth & Space Parc, Autoworld - Brussels
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Tues. 15/02 12:45 - 13:45
Public Lunchtime Seminar:"Galileo - A constellation of Satellites to serve European citizens"
Speakers: Nils Weller, European Commission, Galileo Unit and Giulio Barbolani, European Space Agency
The Galileo project is alive and well and truly taking shape. What is this new global navigation satellite system? Why does Europe need such a 30-satellite constellation? Learn more about this joint initiative between the European Commission and the European Space Agency. Discover the huge opportunities for business that it offers and how the new technology will ultimately better our lives.

> Earth & Space Expo Seminar Centre, Autoworld - Brussels
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Wed. 16/02
The Human Space Exploration Initiative (CSIS)
Conference on "The Future of Human Space Exploration"

> Earth & Space Expo, Seminar Centre, Autoworld
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Wed. 16/02
Earth Observation Business Summit
> Charlemagne Building, Brussels
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Wed. 16/02
Third Earth Observation Summit
Representatives of more than 50 world governments will meet in Brussels at the Third Earth Observation (EO) Summit, to discuss and promote the development of a comprehensive Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

(delegates only)

> Palais d?Egmont - Brussels
More info: http://europa.eu.int/comm/space/esw/summit/article_1514_en.htm
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Wed. 16/02 12:45 - 13:45
Public Lunchtime Seminar: "Pushing the limits: Europe exploring the universe"
Speaker: Marcello Coradini, Coordinator, Solar Science Missions, European Space Agency
For centuries, humans have gazed at the night sky and wondered what is out there? Where did our planet come from? A fleet of ESA satellites is currently exploring our universe, helping us to understand its secrets and why Earth is a special planet. The coordinator of these exploration missions will lead us beyond our world, through the adventures and discoveries that we can expect in 2005 and what scientists have in store for us in the decades to come.

> Earth & Space Expo Seminar Centre, Autoworld - Brussels
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Thurs. - Fri. 17-18/02
International Conference on Co-operation in Space
Senior space agency officials, space industry representatives and delegates from related government agencies around the globe will discuss new avenues for international cooperation regarding space and major disasters, space and development and space science and how the new European Space Programme can play an important role.

(delegates only)

More info: http://europa.eu.int/comm/space/esw/conference/article_1516_en.htm

Thurs. 17/02
IBC Workshop "ISS & Beyond"

> Earth & Space Expo Seminar Center- Autoworld, Brussels
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Thurs. 17/2 12:45 - 13:45
Public Lunchtime Seminar: "Our Living Planet: geological hazards and disaster prevention"
Speaker: Patrice Christmann, Secretary General, EuroGeoSurveys, the Association of the European Geological Surveys
Earth is not a static place. Its surface is fragmented into plates of various sizes, drifting on top of a molten interior. The 26 December 2004 tsunami disaster that effected countries on the Indian Ocean reminds us that Earth is a living planet. It can also be a place of considerable hazards, some quite spectacular and some very discreet, but nevertheless costly in lives and in damage to property and infrastructure. This seminar will present a panorama of the various geological hazards faced by man, and how modern science can help to reduce their impact.

> Earth & Space Expo Seminar Centre, Autoworld - Brussels
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Fri. 18/02 12:45 - 13:45
Public Lunchtime Seminar: The Earth, the Moon and Beyond ....
Speaker: Piero Messina, Exploration Programme, European Space Agency
The Moon landing is considered to be one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century. Exploration of Mars could similarly define the 21st century. Expanding our biosphere so dramatically can only be done as a global endeavour, with as many countries as possible working together. Europe is preparing to rise to the challenge, ready to contribute its scientific and technological know how and its innovative spirit. The European Space Agency reveals its plan to take us to where no man, nor rover, has been before.

> Earth & Space Expo Seminar Centre, Autoworld - Brussels