I have to admit that I haven’t expected so much fun and science in a single day when I have registered for ESTEC Open Day about one month ago in order to visit the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC). This huge center is the European Space Agency‘s main technology development and test centre for spacecraft and space technology. I think it very much deserves to be called the CERN of Space Research, accommodating about 2500 engineers, technicians and scientists who work hands-on with mission design, spacecraft and space technology.
From Space Expo to the various ESTEC facilities, it turned out to be quite an adventure. Not only did I learn a lot about the wonderful history of ESTEC, but I also had the opportunity to witness very interesting scientific demonstrations that were also impressive from an engineering point of view. Even though I have already worked in the space industry for 2 years and been to ESTEC for a few meetings, this fact did not lessen my excitement today. I’m very much looking forward to the next public event at ESTEC and recommend the readers of this blog to be on the watch, too.