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November 25 2012

Europe Puts New Rocket, Trip to Mars on Its To-Do List


After an intense 48 hours of negotiations in Naples, Italy, the 20 European nations that support the European Space Agency (ESA) have come up with a 5-year budget and a set of priorities that will delight few but did at least avoid major bust-ups. With 10.1 billion ($13 billion) to spend, Europe will be going to Mars, but not to the moon; it will develop a next-generation Ariane 6 launcher, but not quite yet; and it will collaborate with the United States to develop NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.

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