Wednesday, December 3, 2008

More on new ESA budget

Nature provides a little more information on what ESA's new budget means for science missions: "This keeps all of ESA's planned science missions on track, including the Herschel/Planck space telescope and the BepiColombo probe to Mercury. It will also allow two more missions to launch around 2016, says Southwood. These will be selected in 2011 from four competitors: PLATO, a telescope to search for Earth-like planets; Cross-Scale, to study fundamental space plasma processes; the Euclid dark-matter mapper; and a solar orbiter."

Nothing in the article about how the new budget impacts possible funding for an ESA contribution to a Jupiter or Titan mission.

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