Space Research in Graz? Yes!

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In 1970 the Austrian Academy of Sciences (AAS) decided to establish the Space Research Institute (Institut für Weltraumforschung, IWF). Today, IWF consists of three departments with more than 70 scientific, technical and administrative staff members. In autumn 2000, IWF moved to the new AAS Research Center Graz, where also a memorial place for the Styrian rocket pioneer Friedrich Schmiedl is set up.

The Space Research Institute is involved in many international space projects and cooperates with the European Space Agency (ESA), with national space agencies in the US (NASA), in France (CNES), in Japan (JAXA), and in China (CNSA), and with more than 100 research institutes worldwide.

The institure conducts research about various topics, for example exobiology.

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