[FPSPACE] FW: PR432008 - Universal Declaration of Human Rights flies into space

LARRY KLAES ljk4 at msn.com
Thu Nov 6 09:56:54 EST 2008

>From: "ESA" <contactesa at esa.int>
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>Subject: PR432008 - Universal Declaration of Human Rights flies into space
>Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2008 15:50:18 +0100
>Press Release No.43 -2008
>Paris, 6 November 2008
>Universal Declaration of Human Rights flies into space
>"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are 
>endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a 
>sprit of brotherhood", states Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of 
>Human Rights (UDHR).
>60 years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly at the 
>Palais de Chaillot in Paris on 10 December 1948, the Declaration is ready 
>to take a journey into space: destination the International Space Station, 
>and more specifically, ESA's Columbus laboratory.
>On Friday 7 November at the Quai d'Orsay, the French Foreign Ministry, Ms 
>Rama Yade, state secretary responsible for foreign affairs and human rights 
>within the French government, will officially hand over a copy of the 
>Declaration to ESA's Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain.
>The Declaration, properly protected in space-proof packaging, is 
>tentatively scheduled, if all goes according to plan, to reach the 
>International Space Station following lift-off on board the Space Shuttle 
>from the Kennedy Space Center on 14 November. It will be stored on a 
>permanent basis inside ESA's Columbus multidisciplinary space laboratory.
>"The ESA Astronaut Corps welcomes this humanitarian initiative. In 
>recognition of the fact that human beings are at times downtrodden, the 
>Declaration can symbolically find its place 'above' all the peoples of the 
>world", says ESA astronaut Léopold Eyharts, who earlier took part in the 
>launch, docking and start of operations of the Columbus laboratory during 
>his two-month stay at the ISS in spring of this year.
>The International Space Station hosts a crew of three international 
>astronauts (soon to be six) on a permanent basis living and working in 
>space in the interests of research and for the benefit of humanity as a 
>whole. Together with the USA, Russia, Canada and Japan, Europe is a 
>contributing partner in this international endeavour.
>For more information:
>Franco Bonacina
>ESA Media Relations Office
>Communication and Knowledge Department
>Phone: + 33 1 5369 7299
>E-mail: franco.bonacina at esa.int
>Queries: media at esa.int
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