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ATNF - Australia Telescope National Facility ( CSIRO )

CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) is an organisation that supports and undertakes research in radio astronomy. It operates the Australia Telescope, the collective name for a set of radio telescopes in New South Wales. These telescopes are used, individually or together, to study objects in the Universe ranging from the remains of dead stars to entire galaxies.

 Austrian Space Agency ( ASA )  

 Belgian Federal Science Policy

The missions of the Belgian Federal Science Policy office are exercised on three levels: scientific activities, technical activities and cultural activities. The Department of Space Research and Applications of the Belgian Federal Science Policy office is in charge of managing the Belgian (public) participation in R&D activities carried out by industry and Belgian scientists in space-related matters. These activities are conducted primarily within the framework of the international organisations to which Belgium belongs (e.g.: the European Space Agency (ESA), the European organisation for the exploitation of meteorological satellites (EUMETSAT), or within the framework of bilateral agreements (e.g. with France on SPOT). [also in Dutch and French]

 Brasil National Institute for Space Research ( INPE )

[also in Portuguese]

British National Space Centre ( BNSC )

The BNSC is a voluntary partnership, formed from 10 Government Departments and Research Councils, to coordinate UK civil space activity.

Canadian Space Agency ( CSA - ASC - Agence Spatiale Canadienne )

Carnegie Institution of Washington

The Carnegie Institution of Washington is a private, nonprofit organization engaged in basic research and advanced education in astronomy, the earth sciences, and biology. It comprises five research campuses, including the Observatories, the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, and the Geophysical Laboratory. Its website includes descriptions of research under way at Carnegie, an Ask-The-Experts page, and information about the Institution's education outreach programs.

Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales ( CNES )

The French Space Agency.

Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales ( CONAE, Argentina )

Information on the Centro Regional de Datos Satelitales (CREDAS) and on Argentina's National Space Plan

Danish Space Research Institute ( DSRI, Denmark )

Destination Earth ( NASA )

The official Website for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise.

Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft und Raumfahrt ( DLR )

DLR is Germany's national aerospace center as well as the national space agency.

ESA - VILlafranca Satellite Tracking Station, SPAin ( VILSPA )

ESRIN - European Space Agency ( ESRIN )

ESRIN is one of the four establishements of the European Space Agency. ESRIN's main activities are centered on the acquisition, archiving and dissemination of data from Earth Observation missions in particular ERS-1 for which it is responsible for operating the ground infrastructure needed. ESRIN's main function is as the Agency's data handling and dissemination centre, being at the forefront of technologically advanced information systems. ESTEC - European Space Agency ( ESA/ESTEC )

European Space Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands, one of the three centers of the European Space Agency (ESA).

European Southern Observatory ( ESO )

ESO, the European Southern Observatory, is a multinational organisation of eight European member states. It operates astronomical observatories in Chile and has its headquarters in Munich, Germany.

European Space Agency Astrophysics Division

An overview of the activities of the Astrophysics Division, information of the projects, location, etc.: local information - staff, general news, job vacancies, meetings and symposia, astrophysics research activities at ESTEC, ESA astronomy project activities, astronomical data archives. Links to several sites likely to be useful to astronomers are also provided.

European Space Agency ( ESA )

Main access points are:

European Space Operations Centre ( ESA/ESOC )

ESOC is the satellite control centre of the European Space Agency (ESA). It is responsible for the operations of all satellites and related ground stations and communications network.

Finland National Technology Agency ( Tekes )

Finland Tekes, the National Technology Agency is the main public financing organisation for research and development in Finland. As part of its international commitments Tekes coordinates and finances Finland's participation in ESA programmes. [also in Finnish and Swedish]

Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO )

International Space Science Institute ( ISSI )

ISSI is an Institute in Switzerland at which scientists from different countries can work together. Its main task is to contribute to the achievement of a deeper understanding of the results from space-research missions, adding value to those results through multi-disciplinary research in an atmosphere of international cooperation.

International Space University ( ISU )

The International Space University is an interdisciplinary, intercultural and international institution preparing individuals to respond to the current needs and the increasing and evolving demands of the space sector, through multidisciplinary education and research programs.

International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry ( IVS )

IVS is an international collaboration of organizations which operate or support Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) components. IVS provides a service which supports geodetic and astrometric work on reference systems, Earth science research, and operational activities.

Italian Space Agency ( ASI )

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency ( JAXA )

NAS/NRC Space Studies Board

The SSB is an advisory board within the National Research Council, which is in turn the operational arm of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering. The SSB operates a number of standing committees and task groups that perform studies in space science and policy for the federal government.

NASA Ames Research Center ( ARC )

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center ( DFRC )

NASA Glenn Research Center

NASA's John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field. Formerly known as the Lewis Research Center. The new name became official on March 1, 1999.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center ( GSFC, Greenbelt, MD )

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory ( JPL )

NASA Johnson Space Center ( JSC )

NASA Kennedy Space Center ( KSC )

NASA Langley Research Center

NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, has been established in 1917 as the first national civil aeronautics laboratory. NASA Langley has become a world-class center for aeronautics, earth science, space technology and structures and materials research.

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center ( MSFC )

NASA Office of Space Sciences

NASA SCAN

WAIS index to abstracts from NASA's Selected Current Space Aeronautics (SCAN) abstract service

NASA Space Science Data Operations Office ( SSDOO )

NASA Space Sensors and Instrument Technology ( NASA OSAT Space Instrument Technology )

The intention of the Sensors and Instrument Technology home page is to provide convenient access to program information for those involved or interested in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Sensors and Instruments Technology Program. This is an experimental service provided by the Spacecraft Systems Division staff of the Office of Space Access and Technology at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

NASA's Origins program

NASA's Origins Program will search for clues to help us find our cosmic roots including answer to questions such as:

  • How did the first galaxies form?

  • How do stars and planetary systems form?

  • Are there any planets outside our solar system that are capable of sustaining life?

  • How did life originate on Earth?

  • Is there life (however primitive or evolved) outside our solar system?

National Academy of Sciences - Board on Physics and Astronomy ( National Research Council )

National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA )

Netherlands Agency for Aerospace Programs ( NIVR )

Netherlands Space Research Organization ( SRON )

The Stichting Ruimte Onderzoek Nederland (SRON) is a foundation within the framework of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
Its mission is to initiate, to develop, to build and to use internationally outstanding instruments for scientific research in and from space. [also in Dutch]

Norwegian Space Centre ( Norsk Romsenter )

The Norwegian Space Centre is a foundation cooperating closely with the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The centre guides ESA contracts strategically. Public fundings are utillized to support the development of Norwegian industry and for development and demonstration of space applications, and to optimize conditions for national space research. [also in Norwegian]

Peru Astronomy Research Centre and Space Agency ( CONIDA )

Astronomy Research Centre of Peru. CONIDA is the National Commission for Space Research and Development. [in Spanish]

Portugal International Relation Department of the Ministery of Science and University-level Teaching ( GRICES )

Gabinete de Relacoes Internacionais da Ciencia e do Ensino Superior: To contribute to the definition of policies related to the EU and to international cooperation; to coordinate the cooperation activities resulting from Portugal's participation in the EU, as well as from the national integration in international organisations; to develop international cooperation activities in S&T and Higher Education resulting from bilateral and multilateral relations, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with other public departments, as well as to promote cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries. [in Portuguese]

Romanian Space Agency ( ROSA )

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) is the National public institution which co-ordinates and represents the space activities in Romania. ROSA co-ordinates the Romanian Space Programme, mainly the research and development components.

 Space Research Institute ( IKI )

As the leading organization of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the field of investigations of Outer Space, Solar System planets and other objects of the Universe, Space Research Institute (IKI) is primarily in charge of long-range planning and elaboration of space research programs of which a considerable part is performed within the framework of international space research cooperation.

Spanish Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology ( CDTI )

The Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial acts as the Spanish Delegation to ESA, and is responsible for the follow-up to the participation of Spanish industry in European space programmes. [also in Spanish]

Spanish National Institute of Aerospace Techniques ( INTA )

The Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aerospacial is the National Space Agency in Spain.

Swedish National Space Board - Rymdstyrelsen ( SNSB )

The SNSB is a central governmental agency under the Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communication. SNSB is responsible for national and international activities relating to space and remote sensing, primarily research and development. [also in Swedish]

Swedish Space Corporation ( SSC )

Swiss Space Office ( SSO )

The SSO is the unit of the Swiss Governement dealing with Space affairs. We are located in the Ministery of Interior. Our mission is to propose and implement, after approval by the Federal Council, the Swiss space policy. In our daily business we have coordination tasks and we work closely with our national scientists and industries. [also in French, German and Italian]

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs ( OOSA )

Home page of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs focusing on United Nations activities in outer space matters, particularly on planetary exploration and astronomy (=basic space science).

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