On Thursday 14 January 2010, ESA’s Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain will meet the press at the traditional start-of-year gathering at ESA’s headquarters in Paris. The meeting will begin at 08:30 with breakfast, followed at 09:00 by a press briefing to go over the Agency’s activities in the year just ended and take a look at activities to come in 2010.

The highlights of the year will be the launch of Node 3 and Cupola, and of CryoSat, as well as of two ESA astronauts to the International Space Station. A simulated 520-day ‘trip to Mars’ will be starting in May. The launch of the second Automated Transfer Vehicle and of the first Galileo system satellites, the first lift-off of Soyuz from Kourou and the maiden flight of Vega should also be pencilled in your diaries.

Media representatives wishing to attend are kindly requested to complete the attached accreditation form and return it by fax (+33 (0)1 5369 7690) or email (brigitte.kolmsee@esa.int) to the ESA Media Relations Office in Paris.

For further information:

ESA Media Relations Office
Communication and Knowledge Department
Tel + 33 (0)1 5369 7299

ESA Director General’s press breakfast
Thursday 14 January 2010 at 08:30-10:00
ESA, 8-10 rue Mario Nikis, 75015 Paris

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Brigitte Kolmsee (brigitte.kolmsee@esa.int)
ESA Media Relations Office
Communication and Knowledge Department
Fax: + 33 (0)1 5369 7690