The European Space Agency’s Research and Technology Center

ESTEC in the Netherlands (©Wikipedia)

Claire Cavanaugh visits the European Space Research and Technology Center, ESTEC, in Noordwijk in Holland’s North Sea dunes. ESTEC is the “brains” of the European Space Agency ESA,  where the Columbus Lab was designed for the International Space Station. Space exploration these days is less dramatic than the early days of moon landings and dogs in orbit, because space travel is now “normal”, but it is just as important and ground-breaking as ever.

Producer:  Claire Cavanaugh

Broadcast: December 27, 2007