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UK 'must back Europe space plans'

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posted on Jul, 10 2004 @ 02:30 PM
British space expertise will be wasted unless the UK government backs Europe's ambitious Aurora programme, experts say.
Insiders claim the UK needs to be involved in Aurora if it is to capitalise on the know-how developed on the Beagle 2 Mars lander project.

The government's spending review, to be announced on Monday, will determine whether the UK will be able to play a leading role in the programme.

Aurora will set out a long-term plan for exploration of the Solar System.

The programme as envisaged by the European Space Agency (Esa) involves landing a robot rover on the surface of Mars - perhaps as early as 2009.



posted on Jul, 10 2004 @ 03:35 PM
Actually this Aurora program includes lot more than robot rovers.

posted on Jul, 10 2004 @ 05:17 PM

above link

Other test missions will include a non-manned version of the flight that would eventually carry astronauts to Mars to demonstrate aerobraking, solar electric propulsion and soft landing technologies.

A human mission to the Moon, proposed for 2024, would demonstrate key life-support and habitation technologies, as well as aspects of crew performance and adaptation to long-distance space flight.

That should be interesting to see, Sci-Fi meat reality

posted on Jul, 10 2004 @ 06:02 PM
I all ready posted some more info about the aurora project a while ago on ats have to use ats search but main part of aurora is about that aircrat of the usaf

posted on Jul, 10 2004 @ 06:24 PM
so big deal. why not have the ESA work with NASA cause nasa has expertese on sending probes to mars?

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