At The Hamptons Observatory June 2022

The European Space Agency: Its Scientific Programs & Plans

DATE: Tuesday, June 21, 2022          TIME: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
SPEAKER: Dr. Guenther Hasinger, ESA’s Director of Science
CO-HOST: East Hampton Library        ADDRESS: VIRTUAL        ADMISSION: Free

The European Space Agency (ESA) was established in 1975 as an international organization. It consists of 22 Member States, has multiple sites across Europe, and works closely with other space agencies throughout the world. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it is able to undertake programs and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. The ESA’s space flight program includes human spaceflight; the launch and operation of unmanned exploration missions to other planets and the Moon; Earth observation, science and telecommunication; designing launch vehicles; and maintaining a major spaceport, the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. Dr. Hasinger will discuss highlights of recent ESA science missions, the implementation of the remaining Cosmic Vision missions, as well as the first steps toward the Voyage 2050 Program.

Dr. Guenther Hasinger

Since 2018, Dr. Guenther Hasinger has served as the ESA’s Director of Science and the Head of the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) in Spain. In 1984, he received his PhD in astronomy for research done at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics where he was later (2001) appointed as the Director of its High Energy Group. After a four month sabbatical at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii, in 2008 he became the Scientific Director of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, a position he relinquished to assume his current role. Dr. Hasinger has received numerous awards, including the International Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Award for his outstanding contributions to space science. He has authored numerous scientific papers, as well as the book, Astronomy’s Limitless Journey: A Guide to Understanding the Universe. In 2011 he won the Wilhelm Foerster Prize for public dissemination of science.

Hamptons Observatory extends its appreciation to Dr. Hasinger for generously taking the time to share his expertise and to the East Hampton Library for its kind collaboration on this program.


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