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UK joins International Space Station in ‘historic event’

The UK is to invest €20 million (£16m) in the European Space Agency’s participation in the International Space Station by paying for a European service module for NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The decision follows negotiations at ESA’s ministerial meeting in Italy last week and was described as an historic event by ESA director general Jean-Jacques Dordain. The UK will invest £1.2 billion in optional ESA programmes, a £300m increase on previous commitments.

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