About ESA

The European Space Agency is dedicated to the peaceful exploration and use of space for the benefit of everyone. Established in 1975, we now have 22 Member States and for more than 40 years we have promoted European scientific and industrial interests in space.

ESA is Europe’s comprehensive space agency, active across every area of the space sector and bringing its benefits to people in everyday life, as well as to businesses.

ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, is the European centre of excellence for astronaut training, operations and space medicine. Home to ESA’s astronaut corps, it equips Europeans to fly to the International Space Station today, while preparing for an exciting future of space exploration beyond low Earth orbit.

Europäisches Astronautenzentrum am Standort Käln
EAC buiding in Cologne, © ESA