Jean-Jacques Dordain Remains ESA Chief

PARIS, June 21 (UPI) — The European Space Agency announced Jean-Jacque Dordain will continue as its director general for another four years.

ESA officials said the Council of the European Space Agency approved the third extension of his tenure last week. Dordain has served as ESA director general since 2003, presiding over several European space milestones, including the landing of the ESA’s Huygens probe on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, the launch of Europe’s Venus Express probe, and the creation and launch of its GMES, GIOVE-A and Galileo satellites.


Dordain is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, the French Academy of Technology and an associate member of the Royal Academy of Belgium.

In 1977, he was selected by the French space agency as one of its first astronaut candidates.

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