______________________________ESA : European Space Agency (France)_________
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe 's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA's purpose is to provide for, and to promote, for exclusively peaceful purposes, cooperation among European States in space research and technology and their space applications, with a view to their being used for scientific purposes and for operational space applications systems.
ESRIN, known as the ESA Centre for Earth Observation, is one of the five ESA specialised centres situated in Europe and is responsible for Earth Observation ground segment and data exploitation management.