ESA DG Jan Woerner presentation on Moon Village at IAF spring meetings 2016

Presentation on Moon Village

In the recent past, I have been frequently asked to make one of my talks on #MoonVillage available, so, finally here it is, including the subsequent Q&A: Held on occasion of the IAF Spring Meetings in Paris,...

Spaceship Earth - as seen from the International Space Station ISS. Credit: ESA.

Another Attack on our Civilisation

On 22 March a series of horrific terror attacks hit Brussels. The fact that the terrorists are ready to strike at our society across a wide range of different locations shows their overall intent is to destabilise....

Sunrise strikes the solar panels that power the International Space Station, caught by ESA astronaut Tim Peake on 31 December 2015. Credit: ESA/NASA.

Happy New Year, welcome 2016!

2016 has arrived and it is now time to officially welcome it. 2016 will be a year of multiple facets, bringing new challenges and perspectives in many fields, including space. For ESA as an institution, the Council...

Earth and Moon, photographed by ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. This year's Christmas Day (25 December 2015) will have a full moon for the first time in 38 years. Image credit: ESA/NASA.

Merry Christmas, or should I say Happy Holidays?

As we are constantly reminded, Christmas is fast approaching. Business, as we all know, has a finely-tuned understanding of how to use this season to its advantage, boosting turnover in the process. In our cities, twinkling lights...

Informal EU-ESA Space Council, Brussels, 30 November 2015

How do we in Europe work together on space?

On 30 November 2015 an EU-ESA informal Space Council took place in Brussels. On the agenda were three topics: the evolution of the Space Council, the institutional launcher market and promotion of the use of space systems...

A world without borders.

Shock, dismay and a terrible sadness

I had originally intended to spend this weekend writing a blog post describing events involving ESA over the last few weeks in which I would have communicated my personal judgements, points of satisfaction and concerns. But now...

IAC 2015 Plenary 1: Heads of Space Agencies

Some impressions of IAC 2015 in Jerusalem

The 66th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) took place last week in Jerusalem. Already before travelling to Israel the question of security was raised. As the conflict in Israel and especially in Jerusalem developed, my responsibility as DG...

SA astronaut Andreas Mogensen and Jan Woerner, ESA Director General, walking to the launch pad, in Baikonour, Kazakhstan, on 2 September 2015. Image credit: ESA, S. Corvaja

My first 100 days

It is a well-known custom to assess after the first 100 days in a new position what has been achieved, and what still needs to be done. In keeping with this custom, I would like to present...

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4 weeks, many impressions and 1 hot topic

My first four weeks at ESA were filled with a great many differing impressions. For me, the most important aspects were the meetings with staff and contractors at the various ESA sites: after presenting my general ideas...