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UK should look beyond Europe for space missions

The research councils have urged the government to do more to encourage space missions with countries such as China and India.

The comments came in response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into space technologies and satellites, and were published on 2 February.

In a joint submission, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council said that the UK needed to contribute, “at a modest level”, to missions outside the core European Space Agency programmes.

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