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A scale model of a European Service Module (ESM) pictured inside an assembly hall during the Moon Media Day at the Airbus Defence and Space plant in Bremen, Germany, on February 9, 2023. Photo: Focke Strangmann / AFP
A scale model of a European Service Modu... […]

Europe shoots for the moon with role in NASA programme

European astronauts could walk on the Moon for the first time in the coming years, in exchange for the continent taking on a key role in an ambitious NASA space programme
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Inspiration4 crew launches from Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on September 15, 2021. Photo: Chandan Khanna / AFP
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the ... […]

In space race, Europe faces choice: passenger or pilot?

As the race to send people to the Moon and beyond heats up, Europe faces a choice: keep paying for seats on spacecraft or finally fly its own manned vehicle
ESA astronaut Tim Peake (L) listens to a technician explain details about the Eutelsat Quantum satellite in the cleanroom at Airbus Space and Defence in Portsmouth, southern England on February 26, 2018. Photo: Glyn Kirk / AFP
ESA astronaut Tim Peake (L) listens to a... […]

Britain hopes to keep stars aligned with EU’s space projects

Dressed in a white protective suit, British astronaut Tim Peake listens attentively as technicians explain details of their new satellite -- a European project in Brexit Britain.