New building of the CAB in ESAC, which is consolidated as one of the main centers of science and space activity in Europe.


ESAC, the European Center for Space Astronomy, in Villanueva de la Cañada (Madrid), is the scientific headquarters of the astronomy and planetary exploration missions of the European Space Agency (ESA), and in recent years its functions have been acquired a growing importance.

Likewise, ESAC houses facilities of the Center for Astrobiology, a mixed center of the INTA (National Institute of Aerospace Technology) and the CSIC (Higher Council for Scientific Research ). This consolidates the collaboration agreement that in 1991 led to the creation in ESAC of LAEFF (Laboratory of Spatial Astrophysics and Fundamental Physics), a center affiliated to INTA and whose objective was to promote the entry of young Spanish scientists in the research area in space science.

ESAC has had an important evolution in its growth, going from a hundred workers in 2004 to a staff that currently exceeds 350 people -mostly scientists and engineers-, from all nationalities of the member countries of ESA. This increase in the number of people and in the scientific activity of the center has made it necessary to expand the initial facilities.

For this reason, on July 24 a new complex was inaugurated that consolidates ESAC's role as an ESA Establishment and as one of the main centers of science and space activity in Europe. With an area of ​​about 2,500 square meters, a building in this complex is home to the members of the Center for Astrobiology working at ESAC. This new building is the result of the collaboration of ESA and INTA, embodied in a bilateral agreement to encourage the development of joint ideas.

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ESAC houses the Scientific Operations Centers of seven space telescopes and five interplanetary space probes from ESA. The CAB participates in some of them, such as the INTEGRAL high energy observatory; the Herschel telescope for the study of the infrared emission of the universe; or JUICE, the next European mission to the moons of Jupiter. ESAC also hosts the scientific archives of the ESA missions, including, from this year, the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA and ESA, as well as the archives of the observatories of Calar Alto and the Gran Canarias Telescopio (GTC), operated by the CAB in the framework of the Spanish Virtual Observatory (SVO). ESAC databases store hundreds of thousands of astronomical and planetary observations, information regularly accessed by thousands of scientists around the world. & Nbsp;


Fuente: ESA-CAB

Fecha: 2012-07-27


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The answer to questions about life and its origin come from the combined efforts of many disciplines

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The science developed in the CAB is channeled through interdepartmental research lines

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