With Europe's space ministers meeting on 20-21 November to decide the Agency's future course, this new video offers a quick introduction: Europe, meet ESA.
For an investment equivalent to a cinema ticket for each of us per year, the European Space Agency is one of the few organisations in the world active in all areas of space: exploring space and safeguarding the terrestrial environment while also boosting our continent's technical knowhow and economic competitiveness.
"We can do more, together" was the credo that led 10 European states to found ESA back in 1975. Today, the success of this approach is clear. ESA technical leadership and the permanent support of its Member States have built a competitive European space industry in the global front rank.
"We can do more together" turned out to be an accurate prediction. Almost four decades on, this space agency for Europe has 20 member states, collectively achieving results that no single nation could match.
ESA has forged a culture of diversity, collaboration and excellence. Good work tends to have an impact, and ESA's long-term record of cooperative success has in turn inspired a new ethos of cooperation among global space powers.
To learn more about ESA and its many and varied impacts on Europe and the world, watch the short video above.