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Russia may work with ESA on further space missions

MOSCOW, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency wants to work with Russia on more joint space-probe missions to the moon, the agency's head said.
Europe spacecraft launched with mission to map the Milky Way galaxy

Europe spacecraft launched with mission to map the Milky Way galaxy

PARIS, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency says the Gaia spacecraft, designed to make the most accurate map ever of the Milky Way, has successfully launched from French Guiana.
Space agencies of Europe, Russia may join in mission to Jupiter moon

Space agencies of Europe, Russia may join in mission to Jupiter moon

MOSCOW, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- The space agencies of Russia and Europe are considering cooperating to study the largest moon in the solar system, Jupiter's Ganymede, one agency chief says.
European pact on Mars mission signed

European pact on Mars mission signed

PARIS, March 14 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency and Russia's Roscosmos space agency have formally signed an agreement to cooperate on a science mission to Mars, officials said.
Europe, U.S. talk space program link

Europe, U.S. talk space program link

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- European plans to join the United States in building a manned spaceship could see a British astronaut in space before the end of the decade, officials said.
Russia to join European Mars mission

Russia to join European Mars mission

MOSCOW, April 6 (UPI) -- Russia's space agency Roscosmos said it has agreed to participate in a Mars research project with the European Space Agency.
Space station missions called 'chaos'

Space station missions called 'chaos'

PARIS, June 22 (UPI) -- Missions to the International Space Station are in chaos because of a failure to agree on how to transport supplies and crews, a European official says.

ESA announces 2011 launch plans

PARIS, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The head of the European Space Agency says rocket launch "traffic will be much heavier" in 2011 at its French Guiana spaceport.

Space station crew might not be expanded

MOSCOW, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Plans to add crew members to the International Space Station might be delayed, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos said Saturday.

Czech Republic, ESA sign space agreement

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, July 8 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency says it has signed an agreement that will lead to the Czech Republic's accession to the ESA Convention.
German Chancellor Merkel meets astronauts

German Chancellor Merkel meets astronauts

BERLIN, June 4 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel met European and U.S. astronauts this week in Berlin.

ESA signs $414M satellite contract

BERLIN, May 27 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency and Astrium GmbH have signed a $414 million contract to produce the EarthCARE satellite, the ESA's sixth Earth Explorer mission.

The ESA opens a new space laboratory

NOORDWIJK, Netherlands, April 10 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency's new lab at its Netherlands space research center was officially opened Wednesday by Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander.

British minister visits ESA space center

DARMSTADT, Germany, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Britain's minister of state for science visited the European Space Agency's operations center Wednesday -- the first visit from a British state secretary.

German astronaut to lead space research

BONN, Germany, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- German astronaut Thomas Reiter is joining the executive board of the German Space Agency, or DLR, as head of space research and development.
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Jean-Jacques Dordain
ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain speaks during a post-launch press conference on mission STS-122 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on February 7, 2008. NASA launched Space Shuttle Atlantis on an 11 day service mission to the international space station. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Jean-Jacques Dordain (born April 14, 1946) is the current Director General of the European Space Agency and has held the position since 2003.

Dordain began his scientific career in the French Aerospace Research Agency (ONERA) and later worked as a professor at the National Higher School of Aeronautics and Aerospace in the 1970s and 1980s. He has conducted extensive research in rocket engines and microgravity experiments. He was also a European astronaut candidate.

In 1998 he was Executive Secretary at the Japanese Space Agency (then NASDA, now JAXA) and later started as Technical Director at ESA where he became Director General in July 2003.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Jean-Jacques Dordain."
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