ESA Euronews: Rockets, Mars and Europe’s future in space

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In the afterglow of the Rosetta mission’s success in landing on a comet, the member states of ESA met in Luxembourg in early December to look forward to future challenges. Among the priorities is the development and construction of the new rocket, Ariane 6, which is seen as essential to maintaining Europe’s lead in the launcher market. Then there’s the ExoMars mission to further explore the ‘Red Planet’ and look for signs of life. But it’s not just about probes – ESA’s manned spaceflight programme also has momentum, with new astronauts currently in training and due to fly in 2015 and 2016. So, as the agency marks a half century of Europe’s space sector, it’s onwards and upwards for the next 50 years.

This video is also available in the following languages:
French: http://youtu.be/eq32fl5H0m8
German: http://youtu.be/hBLpzhgAmtU
Hungarian: http://youtu.be/4Snqq5VXGyg
Italian: http://youtu.be/If6JOY9mBy4
Greek: http://youtu.be/MyPvRhylA6M
Portuguese: http://youtu.be/wUzDxKetGWk
Spanish: http://youtu.be/15EAFYXl3N0

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12 Comments

  1. This month's @euronews (in English) Space looks at the decisions taken at the recent ESA Council Meeting at Ministerial Level.

    Available in the following languages:
    English: http://youtu.be/qSxvir9ELbk
    French: http://youtu.be/eq32fl5H0m8
    German: http://youtu.be/hBLpzhgAmtU
    Hungarian: http://youtu.be/4Snqq5VXGyg
    Italian: http://youtu.be/If6JOY9mBy4
    Greek: http://youtu.be/MyPvRhylA6M
    Portuguese: http://youtu.be/wUzDxKetGWk
    Spanish: http://youtu.be/15EAFYXl3N0

    #ESAMC14  

  2. Very nice episode. Was interesting to hear from the ministers of other ESA countries and I'm most glad to hear troubled ExoMars securing it's funding. Hope that mission succeeds and the follow-up will be announced!

  3. I appreciate greatly the honesty regarding the Ariane VI. Still, this American is puzzled why Europe – a juggernaut of amazing countries like France, Italy, Germany, etc – is collectively competing against a small American rocket startup. Why aren't European companies competing? Either I'm confused what ESA actually is, or these are strange days… 

  4. Was hoping for a bit more ambition.
    While the proposed Ariane 6 rocket could compete in todays launch market quite well, I wonder if this will be the case once the rocket actually sees first flight in 2020. Not if SpaceX current pace of innovation will continue I think (remember, they will try to land and recover a 1st stage booster on their launch next week).
    Regarding the ExoMars mission, I would like to see more ambition to prepare for a human research base on Mars with the international community. For instance experiments to generate drinkable water, breathable air, rocket fuel, etc. Maybe some experiments growing plants in enclosed enviroments. Or send  animal life in an experimental mininature habitat that might one day be upscaled for human use. 

    So much more science to be had then just the quest for life.
      

  5. Why doesn't this have more recognition??!!! WHY DOESNT ANYBODY CARE?????

    People are probably off watching pathetic twerking videos which mean nothing when people from ESA are doing the real work and giving the human race a future.

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