SpaceUp Toulouse at the Cité de l'Espace

SpaceUp Toulouse at the Cité de l'Espace
On 20 and 21 September, the Cité de l'Espace was the setting for SpaceUp Toulouse where space enthusiasts and professionals from around fifteen countries came together to share ideas, information and projects.



Official opening of SpaceUp Toulouse on the morning of 20 September at CitÈ de l’Espace.
Credit: Enjoy Space / Olivier Sanguy


The challenges represented by Philae’s landing, the study of exoplanets, how to get young people interested in space with rocket building workshops, the secrets of the satellite images of Earth, progress in the Chinese lunar space programme and the Square Kilometer Array radio telescope, etc. were just some of the diverse themes covered at SpaceUp Toulouse which was held at the CitÈ de l’Espace on 20 and 21 September. The participants ranged from seasoned space professionals to students, PhD students or simply enthusiasts. A real vehicle for discussions, the event ended on Sunday with a (well-deserved) standing ovation for the organising team.
The sponsors of SpaceUp Toulouse are Cité de l’Espace, Airbus Defence & Space, Community of Ariane Cities, SpaceCareers, the Square Kilometre Array, the 3AF, the International Space University, the ESA (European Space Agency), the ESO (European Southern Observatory) and the CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, French Space Agency).
To find out more about SpaceUp Toulouse, visit the official event website.


Philippe Gaudon of the French Space Agency (CNES) explains how the Philae module would land on comet 67P in November.
Credit: Enjoy Space / Olivier Sanguy



After the theory, the practice: SpaceUp participants attend Philae’s arrival on the comet thanks to the full-scale model at the Extreme Exploration exhibition at the CitÈ de l’Espace.
Credit: Enjoy Space / Olivier Sanguy



Meeting and discussion around the theme: “why are you excited by space?”
Credit: Enjoy Space / Olivier Sanguy



Skype link with the European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, Léopold Eyharts. From his training in Houston, Thomas Pesquet speaks with SpaceUp participants as well as Hervé Stevenin responsible for astronaut training at the ESA.
Credit: Enjoy Space / Olivier Sanguy



Mathieu Isidro presents the Square Kilometer Array.
Credit: Enjoy Space / Olivier Sanguy



Gil Denis of Airbus Defence and Space explains the possibilities of Earth imaging satellites.
Credit: Enjoy Space / Olivier Sanguy


Published 21 September 2014