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At the European Space Agency (ESA) we promote the development of new technologies in Europe to better understand our planet Earth, our Solar System and the Universe we are living in.
To accomplish this ambitious goal Europe needs young people to dedicate their careers to science, technology and other Space related professions.

What do we offer?

In the framework of the 4ESO+empresa, the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) offers students from schools from the Madrid Region the possibility to join scientists and engineers during three days to get an insight into their daily work. Each school can propose up to 3 students. Total number of students is 25.
Monday 30 March 2020   09:30-12:30, 13:30-16:30
Tuesday  31 March 2020   09:30-12:30, 13:30-16:30
Wednesday 01 April 2020   09:30-12:30, 13:30-16:30


Monday 2020-03-30

09:30   A.041b CesaR lecture room
            Introduction to ESA   -   Michel G. Breitfellner
10:30   ESAC outside
            Introduction to ESAC   -   Michel G. Breitfellner
11:00   B.019 Mars room
            Introduction to ESA’s Mars missions -   Michel G. Breitfellner
11:30   B.019 Mars room
            Hands-on exercise of Mars Express Science Operation   -  
            Julia Marin-Yaseli de la Parra, Donald Merritt, Michel G. Breitfellner
12:30   Lunch
13:30   A.041b CesaR lecture room
            XMM-Newton Science Operations   -   Eduardo Ojero
14:30   A.013 XMM-Newton control room
            XMM-Newton Data Quality Control and Data Processing  -   Blanca Juarez, Eduardo Ojero
15:30   A.041b CesaR lecture room
            The Lifetime of a Space Science Mission - Pedro Garcia Lario
16:30   End
Tuesday 2020-03-31
A.041b CesaR lecture room
09:30   Administration Area and Space Law   -   Carolina Montiel, Eduardo Bressel
10:30   Information Technologies   -   Ruben Alvarez
            including visit to server rooms B.020, B.023
11:30   Science Archives and ESASky including hands-on exercise – Deborah Baines
12:30   Lunch
13:30   Software Engineering and Visualization of Orbit Data - Marc Costa, Alfredo Escalante
14:30   Quality Assurance including hands-on exercise - Julio Gallegos Alvarado
15:30   TBC
Wednesday 2020-04-01
09:30   A.041 Galileo room
            GNSS Galileo Science Office - Manuel Castillo
10:15   A.023b SMOS control room
            SMOS Payload Operations - Jorge Fauste
11:00   A.041b CesaR lecture room
            Gaia Science Operations and Data Processing - Rocio Guerra
11:45   European Space Tracking network - Lionel Hernandez
12:30   Lunch
13:30   Facility management - Mayte Gutierrez
14:15   Cosmology and Euclid - Bruno Altieri
15:00   Fundamental Physics and Galileo - Luis Mendes
15:45   Being a National Trainee at ESA - Cilian Murphy
16:30   End

How to participate?

Access and registration 

Students interested to participate in this activity should ask their school to register at:

Registration form

Within 24 hours the school will receive an username and password.

If the school is already registered with CESAR, please connect to:

Access form


2020-03-09  Deadline for schools to register up to three of their students.
2019-03-13  Communication to schools about successful applications.
2020-03-20  Reception of signed agreements.

!!!!! Please note that at ESA we work in ENGLISH !!!!!

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