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European space industry/Rosetta probe

Published on November 13, 2014
Statement by M. Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs

Paris, November 12, 2014

The success of the Rosetta probe is a source of pride for all Europeans in this, the European Space Agency’s 50th anniversary year.

Since the 1980s, Europe has been resolutely focused on space. Today, the landing of the Philae robot, sent by Rosetta to Comet Churyumov-
Gerasimenko, is the crowning achievement of 30 years of European efforts. The Rosetta mission actually came into being in January 1985 at the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The determination of European Space Agency researchers and technicians is the best answer to scepticism and doubts. The Rosetta mission shows that when Europe creates great research and innovation projects it can take on the leading role in the world.

Today we’ve witnessed a great success for Research and Space Europe and a great step forward for a proactive Europe./.

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