Except, the partial eclipse in October is in Europe, South West Asia and North East Africa.
The full eclipse is in North/East Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica.
A lot of research was done in Europe as well, for example, at ESRO and ELDO, now combined as ESA. Ariane was often in the news up until the mid to late 90s, although the launches today go up with little fanfare, the various versions have over 256 launches between them, the current Ariane 5 has 112 launches, as of the end of 2021, 107 of which were successful. It can carry up to a 10.5 tonne payload, the Arian 6 is set to replace it this year, the Ariane Next is due in the 2030s.
They were involved with the development of IUE space telescope in the 70s and later with Hubble. They do a lot of satellite development, construction and launches, Giotto was their first deep space probe, in the mid 80s to study the comets Halley and Grigg–Skjellerup. Hipparcos, a star-mapping mission, was launched in 1989 and in the 1990s SOHO, Ulysses and the Hubble Space Telescope were all jointly carried out with NASA. Later scientific missions in cooperation with NASA include the Cassini–Huygens space probe, to which ESA contributed by building the Titan landing module Huygens.
Since the turn of the century, they have been one of the major players in scientifc space research, along with JAXA, ISRO, the CSA and Roscosmos.
Satellites and experiments going to the ISS from ESA are covered regularly on the news, here in Germany, as are the European astronauts who go to the station.
The open co-operation with NASA up until the turn of the Century was curtailed, when the US Military slammed the doors shut on sharing information and the ESA and other agencies around the world had to become more reliant on themselves and each other.
They have done a lot of work on new rocket propulsion methods (Smart-I) and deep space analysis of exoplanets with Corot, Mars Express and Venus Express missions. They were also responsible for parts of the James Webb telescope, along with CSA.
Currently, they are working with industry to provide the Galileo global positioning satellite system, as well as a hypersonic sub-orbital flight system, as well as life science projects.
And that is just ESA, JAXA has also done a lot, in the last couple of years it was the Hyabusa 2 mission which gained most of the limelight, after the success of Hyabusa 1 to the Itokawa asteroid, the second one flew to Ryugu and successfully landed and returned in 2020 with samples.