Ten Countries on Friday (30 May) signed a convention in Paris formally setting up a new space agency that aims at having European scientists in space by 1980.
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Background: Ten Countries on Friday (30 May) signed a convention in Paris formally setting up a new space agency that aims at having European scientists in space by 1980.
The convention was signed at the International Conference Centre by Britain's Minister of State For Industry, Lord Beswick; West Germany's Minister of Research and Technology, Hans Matthoefer; France's Minister of Industry, Michel D'ornano, and other Ministers and Ambassadors representing Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Holland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The new organisation -- which merges the now-defunct ELDO (European Launcher Development Organisation) and ESRO (European Space Research Organisation) -- is headed by Mr. Roy Gibson, a former administrator with Britain's Atomic Energy Authority.
The new European Space Agency (ESA) has an ambitious programme, including the building of a European telecommunications satellite booster rocket as well as a joint venture with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) in a new space-lab project.