Established in 1975, ESA prides itself on its commitment to opportunity, diversity, and equality. ESA is the only organisation in the world which deals with every aspect of space activity. Whether it is living in orbit, developing rockets, landing on a comet or peering back in time to the beginning of the universe, ESA has been leading the adventure. The Agency also works with scientists and governments across the globe to monitor our planet’s weather, detect climate change and help during disasters and civil emergencies.

Over the next few years, ESA will search for signs of life on Mars, explore oceans on Jupiter’s moons, orbit Mercury and search for Earth-like planets around other stars. It will also welcome a new generation of astronauts and start the parastronaut project to help make space more accessible. Its educational and outreach programmes encourage an interest in STEM subjects in both children and adults.