Cyprus can bring a lot of value to many areas like space science, an ESA official has told CNA after the signing of the European Cooperating State (ECS) Agreement between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.
Head of the International Relations Department of ESA, Frédéric Nordlund, who signed the agreement with Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Works Alecos Michaelides spoke to CNA about the contribution of Cyprus to ESA.
`I am personally convinced that Cyprus can bring a lot of value in earth observation and space science` he said, adding that Cypriot scientists can contribute in the applications area as well, such as maritime application.
Furthermore, he stressed that ‘I am convinced that we will see innovations and activities here that actually do not exist anywhere else in the community or the member states`.
Nordlund also said that there is interest by Cypriot scientists in infrared astronomy for the future Euclid mission of ESA, which is a mission to map the geometry of the dark Universe, and the James Web Space Telescope, which will help scientists find out more about the origins of the Universe by observing infrared light from the first stars and galaxies and show in detail how stars and planets form.
Cyprus` goal is to become a full ESA member state, Minister responsible for Space, Marios Demetriades said at the signing ceremony in Nicosia.
ESA is Europe’s gateway to space. 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.
ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom).
ESA’s job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA`s programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe.