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February
2017
New workshop for teachers at ESAC hosted by the CESAR Team & CTIF

On the 6th of February,  the first teachers' workshop of the year was inaugurated, held by the CESAR Team together with West CTIF. For this event we had the privilege to enjoy the presence of the Education Counsellor from Madrid (D. Rafael Van Grieken), the mayor from Villanueva de la Cañada (D. Luis Partida) , together with representatives from ESA (D. Javier Ventura-Traveset, D. Javier Delgado, D. Michel Breitfellner) and from CTIF (Dña. Mercedes Galeano). We had the honour to have the Spanish ESA astronaut, D. Pedro Duque attending.

This workshop was the 3rd edition held at ESAC during the  2016-2017 school year. As in the previous editions, the main topic was "Space", but the agenda was brand new. The main topics were related to the study of the Earth (with missions such as SMOS) and the state-of-art of  satellite telecommunications activities (with Galileo). 

The agenda of the course is described in the table below:

Date Topic Presenter Talk Picture
6th of February Introduction to the European Space Agency (ESA)

Dr. Javier Ventura - Traveset (ESA representative in Spain & Galileo Scientific Office Manager)

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7th of February Earth Observation Dr. Manuel Castillo (Galileo Science Office & Mars Express Operations Engineer) pdf
7th of February SMOS: A space mission for the study of the water cycle D. Jorge Fauste (SMOS Scientific Operations Manager) pdf
8th of February Satellite navigation and the European program: Galileo

Dr. Javier Ventura - Traveset (ESA representative in Spain & Galileo Scientific Office Manager)

pdf
8th of February

 Systems Engineering for Space Missions

Dr. Alejandro Cardesin (Mars Express Operations Manager & Exomars and JUICE Operations Engineer) pdf
9th of February History of the Universe Dr. Eduardo Ojero (XMM-Newton Scientific Data Processing Engineer) pdf

 

As special surprises, the teachers were given the chance to chat in a relaxed atmosphere with our astronaut (Dr. Pedro Duque). In this chat, they found together new ways to transmit the passion for Space to the students. It was obvious that the admiration towards our astronaut was not limited to the youngest ones.

 

Another great surprise was given by Dr. Michel Breitfellner and Dr. Javier Ventura, who showed the teachers the ESAC centre and explained to them each of the missions in which ESAC personnel were involved while they were inspecting the spacecraft models at ESAC. Dr. Michel, the CESAR Team coordinator, also showed the teachers the ESAC control rooms  of the SMOS and XMM-Newton projects.

 

The CESAR Team, with the unconditional support from West CTIF, felt very satisfied for having transmitted their knowledge to the teachers, taking into account the huge effort that the teachers made during the workshop to become better prepared in order to be able to teach this subject to their students.