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Astrium and World Space Week


* Astrium launches new micro website packed with information and activities for World Space Week

* Astrium enables young people worldwide to learn about the wonders of space

* Employees to visit thousands of schools across Europe

Paris, - Astrium, Europe’s leading space company, has launched a special “World Space Week” micro website, where young people worldwide can learn about the exciting space missions Astrium is involved with; take part in a fun-packed space quiz; engage with a variety of space multimedia, including images, videos and cartoons; and even leave a message or upload a drawing on Astrium’s interactive online pin board!

World Space Week is an annual celebration launched by the UN General Assembly in 1999 on the anniversary of the launch of Sputnik in 1957 and the signing of the Treaty on the Peaceful Use of Space in 1967.

This year, engineers and scientists from Astrium, are also visiting thousands of schools across France, Germany, Spain and the U.K. to inspire young people about the wonders of space.

As well as visiting schools, a number of special events have also been organised across the UK with Astrium sites in Portsmouth and Stevenage teaming up with local science centres, businesses, universities and colleges to run a wide range of workshops, hands-on exhibitions and talks about space.

In Germany, Astrium is participating in a special space themed day in the Baden-Württemberg region, working closely with the ministry of economics of Baden-Württemberg, universities, the German Space Industry (DLR) and local industry, where hundreds of young people will gather in Stuttgart for a series of educational workshops and space talks.

Furthermore, in Spain, Astrium employees inaugurated the World Space Week on Saturday with the launch of micro launchers at Madrid’s Planetarium Amphitheatre. They will also be visiting a number of schools in Madrid in order to bring space closer to the students with presentations, videos and giveaways.

In France, the departments of Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées, Yvelines and Essonne will be celebrating World Space Week. Astrium employees will be visiting hundreds of classrooms.

About Astrium

Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Astrium had a turnover of €4.8 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment and Astrium Services for the development and provision of secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, geo-information products and services, and navigation services.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.


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