ESA Invites Public to Visit its Largest Space Facility During World Space Week


ESTEC in Noordwijk.

The public is encouraged to visit the European Space Agency's (ESA) largest facility, ESTEC in Noordwijk, this Sunday, October, as part of World Space Week.

Of all ESA establishments, ESTEC is the largest, with around 2700 personnel. This is where ESA missions are conceived then guided through development, and work on new technology is coordinated.

When ESTEC was constructed in the early 1960s, foundations 25 metres deep were sunk to ensure sufficient stability for precision engineering tests. Even so, modern test instruments used in ESTEC laboratories are so sensitive that the tides of the nearby North Sea can be detected.

Because we are obliged to limit the total number of visitors, to ensure a great experience for all who do attend, we urge you to book early to avoid disappointment.

You can ran register through this link:

Did you know that Noordwijk is 'the space to be' during the whole weekend of 5-6 October? Experience space - more information and activities can be found on

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