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President Hollande thrilled at success of the Rosetta project

President Hollande thrilled at success of the Rosetta project

Published on November 13, 2014
Successful landing of the Rosetta probe highlights European excellence in research and innovation

Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, November 13, 2014

The French President was thrilled and overjoyed just now to see the first pictures of Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken from its surface by the Philae module.

The President once again congratulates the European Space Agency and the French Space Agency on this extraordinary success, and all the engineers and scientists who have been taking part for years in this venture, which has just achieved a tremendous feat.

The mission demonstrates Europe’s ambition and excellence when it looks to the future./.

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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