A Fresh Start For Europe's Space Agency
3 June 2005The European Space Agency has a strong track record and plenty of ambition to propel it into its next 30 years, says Giovanni Bignami. But key decisions must be made in the context of a new Europe.
In an article published yesterday in Nature, Giovanni Bignami, chairman of the Space Science Advisory Committee (SSAC), looks at the future role of ESA in space science in the context of an expanding European Union and international cooperation.
After a short introduction of the past and current situation of ESA's programme and budgetary resources, the next decade's space science programme (Cosmic Vision 2015-2025) and its context are highlighted, as well as the necessary overlap with the other programmes of the European Space Agency, such as the Aurora project and the International Space Station.
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