Noordwijk City of Space

The amount of space knowledge in Noordwijk is unrivalled in the Netherlands. ESTEC is the technical heart of the European space agency ESA and has been situated in the seaside resort since 1968. Also in Noordwijk: Space Business Park, a business park which together with ESA-ESTEC will form the Space Campus. The Space Campus will be the centre of the Dutch space industry. Also located in this area is Space Expo, the visitor centre of ESA-ESTEC.

Noordwijk City of Space
In 2018, Noordwijk is all about space. Throughout the year, wonderful events and activities will be organised, such as theatre shows, films, a comic festival, art projects, exhibitions and much more. Experience space in Noordwijk!

Walk of Space

Since 2013, a Walk of Space is being created on Noordwijk’s Koningin Wilhelmina Boulevard. The first tile was one with Wubbo Ockels’s astronaut boot print. Since then, nine more tiles with hand- and footprints of famous astronauts have been laid. This year and in the coming years, new astronaut prints are set to follow. So you can literally walk in the footsteps of your favourite astronaut in Noordwijk!

You can find the foot and handprints from the following astronauts:

  • Wubbo Ockels
  • André Kuipers
  • Lodewijk van den Berg
  • Ed Mitchell
  • Paolo Nespoli
  • Dirk Frimout
  • Claudie Haigneré
  • Alexander Gerst
  • Frank De Winne
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Noordwijk & Space

People from all over the world meet at ESTEC: the technical heart of ESA, the European Space Agency, so it's natural that many conferences on this topic are organised in Noordwijk and most ESA projects are born in this seaside resort.

Space Expo
The Space Business Park is currently under construction in Noordwijk. A building in the shape of an actual meteorite is now complete. Lots of new space-related buildings will rise here in the future. Of course there's the Space Expo, where you can experience the life of an astronaut. Here, you can find out everything about planets, the birth of stars and gravity. You can also find rocket parts and a full-scale model of the lunar module here. In short, Noordwijk is The Space to Be!

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Did you know?

  • There are scientists who believe that space originated because of the Big Bang? It’s estimated that the Big Bang took place 15,000 million years ago.   ​
  • Apollo 11, with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins, was the first manned mission to land on the moon in 1969?​
  • Laika, a dog, was the first mammal that orbited live around the earth?
  • Of all the European astronauts, André Kuipers spent the second longest time on a mission in space?