On January 17, 2012 a Mexican delegation accompanied by DLR Executive Board Chairman Prof. Johann-Dietrich Wörner visited the Earth Observation Center (EOC). The director of the reorganized Mexican Space Agency, Agencia Espacial Mexicana (Aexa), Mr. Javier Mendieta, his deputy Mr. Enrique Pacheco, and Mr. Enrique Palos from the Mexican Embassy were able to obtained first-hand information about the EOC’s current work and international cooperation. As part of a guided tour conducted by the EOC spokesman and director of the German Remote Sensing Data Center, Prof. Stefan Dech, the visitors were introduced to the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI), the Water-related Information System for the Sustainable Development Of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam (WISDOM), science visualization animations and work related to international satellite data reception, as well as other activities. The ongoing mapping of fires in Chile was of particular interest, since Mexico often suffers from extensive forest fires.
Mexico is five times larger than Germany and has extremely diverse fauna and flora, making it an ideal terrain for earth observation. Accordingly, the purpose of the visit was to strengthen and expand existing cooperation.