You, together with your 500 million fellow citizens from ESA's 20 European member nations, are the collective owners of one of the world's leading space agencies. The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organisation, a cooperative coming together of its Member States in their national interest and common good. This new video offers a quick introduction: Europe, meet ESA.
ESA’s future science and technology
Editor’s note: These brief extracts are paraphrased from live webcast and may not be fully correct.
Future ISS Perspectives: ‘The ISS and ESA’s future Science and Technology’ Michael Longair, ESA HISPAC Chair
Astrobiology: we found that some fungi survive in space. The cosmetic industry is interested in this experiment to create make-up with better protective properties. You never know where an industrial application will originate from.
Material sciences: looking at micro-structures in alloys.
Physics of fluids and combustion: creating more stable foams and complex fluids.
Fundamental physics: looking at constants in nature. A possible future project is optical clocks.
ESA supplies the hardware for projects but funding must come from member states.