Virtual tour at ESA-ESRIN

20 September 2005
 
A new site launched today takes a fresh
look at ESRIN, ESA??s centre in Italy. Learn more about the activities
taking place here in Frascati and enjoy a virtual tour of the site by
visiting www.esa.int/esrin.
 
ESRIN is also known as the ESA Centre for
Earth Observation. Located in Frascati, a small town 20 km south of
Rome in Italy, ESRIN was established in 1966 and first began acquiring
data from environmental satellites in the 1970s.
 
Earth observation
 
Earth Observation data has grown in
importance as more and more international and national agencies
recognise the many uses to which it can be put. Satellites for Earth
observation keep a constant watch over the Earth and the data they
provide help to safeguard the planet in which we live.
 
Since 2004, ESRIN has been the headquarters for ESA’s Earth Observation
activities. Dr Liebig, the Head of ESRIN, is also the Director of Earth
Observation.
 
A multi-faceted centre
 
A number of other activities are also carried out at ESRIN, each of which is making an important contribution to ESA??s work.
 
* Vega Programme: the management team for Europe??s new small-scale launcher
*
Information systems: the design, development, provision and maintenance
of the information systems and software used by the Agency
* Telecom lab: providing European industry and institutions with easier access to space telecom infrastructure
* European Centre for Space Records: appraising and preserving the valuable technical records of completed ESA projects
* ESA Web Portal: keeping the public informed about ESA??s many activities
*
Virtual Reality Theatre: visual presentations of complex Earth
Observation and geographic data for both specialists and students
 
How ESRIN works
 
ESRIN acts as an interface between ESA and
those who use its services. The centre has close links with European
industry, the European Union and the civil protection, agriculture and
environment ministries within ESA Member States. ESRIN also cooperates
with international organisations including UN agencies and the European
Commission, and plays an important role in many international projects.
These include the Geosphere/Biosphere Programme, the Committee for
Earth Observation Systems and the International Charter on Space and
Major Disasters.
In all its activities ESRIN pursues ESA??s objective of increasing
interaction with users in order to develop new products and services,
and support the competitiveness of the European space industry. ESRIN
is helping to bring about a fertile mix between the two worlds of
science and space applications for the benefit of all Europeans.
 
(Credits ESA


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