Orbiting show touts Europe’s space program

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The European Commission is bringing Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) exhibit European Space Expo to Riga beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 30.

This largest free interactive exhibition illustrating the services and applications derived from Europe’s major space programs in satellite navigation, Galileo and Egnos and Earth observation, called Copernicus, will run for ten days at the Esplanade Park  downtown until May 10.

Its unique design, complete with levitating satellites and starry skies, lets participants feel like part of the cosmos, while the centrally installed Earth helps one understand issues like human density on the planet, temperature changes year-by-year, the number of aircraft in the skies and other arresting and fascinating facts.

The interactive stands will also show how Latvia is experiencing the rapidly expanding field of space research and its potential for the future.

Children can check out an interesting program hosted at an adjacent installation by the science center Z(in)oo from Cēsis.

The European Space Expo is meant to show how space and its applications provide benefits to Europe’s citizens and highlights the critical role played by the European Union in developing space and space-based technologies. These many technologies and services are expected to create global market opportunities and help to support job creations and economic growth.

Visitors to the Expo can see, touch and experience the wide range of innovative technologies and services that space offers them.

Since 2012 the European Space Expo has traveled to more than twenty European cities including Tallinn and Vilnius in 2013. Over half a million people have attended the European Space Expo so far since its launch.

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