posted on Feb, 11 2010 @ 05:56 AM
Her Majesty's Space Agency (MASA) gets ready for blast-off
Move over Nasa: Her Majesty's Space Agency is about to reach for the stars.
Britain is to get its own version of the U.S. space programme.
The organisation - which could be nicknamed 'Masa' after its American counterpart - could lead at least three missions by 2030, either with European
partners or the U.S., India or China.
The shortlist to name it has already been drawn up with two choices in the running - Her Majesty's Space Agency and the less catchy UK Space Agency.
The details were revealed yesterday at the launch of a 20-year strategy, designed to make Britain a major player in space science.
The Space Innovation and Growth report, unveiled by Science Minister Lord Drayson, also recommended that rules preventing the launch of spacecraft
from the UK be swept aside.
This would allow Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic and other space tourism firms to set up bases here.
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