Exploration — How Science Finds Its Way in Europe
The international space exploration programme agreed on by 14 space agencies worldwide foresees multiple robotic and human missions in the solar system in the coming decades. In Europe, a major planning effort is ongoing in the framework of ESA’s Exploration Programme (formerly known as “Aurora”) which now envisages the launch of ExoMars in 2016 as a first step towards a robust and renewed exploration effort. Furthermore, a strong heritage exists in Europe within both the mandatory programme under which several solar system missions have been launched, and the various research programmes funded via ELIPS (the European Programme for Life and Physical Sciences and Applications Utilising the International Space Station). This allows Europe and ESA to face new explorative challenges while making use of successful experiences.
KeywordsSpace Exploration Exploration Programme European Science Foundation Planetary Exploration Lunar Exploration
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