The European Space Agency is Europe's gateway to space, and boasts 22 member states. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
Columbus was my home in space, a little piece of Europe on the International Space Station -- ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet Columbus is without a doubt a fantastic technological achievement -- a shining star of European cooperation! -- ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter Any chance to fly in space is a rare privilege. But it was even more special to be a part of the crew that delivered the Columbus laboratory to the International Space Station -- NASA astronaut Stan Love