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Warsaw (AFP) Sept 13, 2012
Poland on Thursday becomes the 20th member of the European Space Agency, the country's economy ministry announced.
Polish Economy Minster Waldemar Pawlak and ESA head Jean-Jacques Dordain were to sign an entry deal in Warsaw later Thursday, the ministry said in a statement on its website.
Poland, which has been cooperating with the ESA since 2007, is the third country from behind the former Iron Curtain to join the agency after the Czech Republic and Romania.
The 17 other members of the ESA are Austria, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
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Andre Kuipers: world ambassador
Paris (ESA) May 19, 2012
Observing Earth from far above, ESA astronaut Andre Kuipers is acting as a world ambassador for the WWF, which issued its flagship publication the Living Planet Report. The Living Planet Report measures changes in biodiversity by tracking 9000 populations of more than 2600 of the world's species. Andre wrote the foreword to the report and is doing his part to show how fragile our world really is ... read more
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