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Space agency secures biggest-ever budget

Image: European Space Agency

Governments commit more than was requested, including for ‘breakthrough discoveries’

Ministers have signed off a €14.4-billion five-year budget for the European Space Agency, which is a 40 per cent increase on the previous five-year budget of €10.3bn.

ESA’s 22 member states plus Slovenia and Canada agreed the sum—which was more than the agency requested—for a core programme of missions and R&D at a meeting in Seville, Spain, on 27 and 28 November.

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