ESA Gets Funding For ExoMars Despite Schiaparelli Crash

Posted: Dec 5 2016, 8:09am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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ESA Gets Funding for ExoMars Despite Schiaparelli Crash
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  • European Space Agency wants Cooperation with the ISS till the Year 2024

It looks like the European Space Agency wants to engage in some solid cooperation with the ISS till the year 2024.

The ESA’s member states remained committed to the ISS program which is due to take place by 2024. The ESA happens to be the final partner to jump on board the bandwagon.

The operation of this mission will allow the ESA to send materials ad resources to the ISS. Besides the ESA, the Canadian Space Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Roscosmos will all add their bucketful of tribute to the ever flowing outer space tributary.

Other nations will join this enterprise. The reach of this scheme may even go as far as the manned trip to Mars. The funds gathered by the ESA amount to $861 million and they have been reserved for usage purposes alone.

As for the science projects that will take place on board the ISS, a total amount of $163 million will be set aside for this goal. More and more astronauts from the ESA will visit the ISS in the near future. This experiment is all about pushing boundaries. A second module will also get manufactured by the ESA.

While the ISS was thought to be operational till 2016, now that date has been extended to 2020 or even 2024. The ESA funding approval comes despite the Schiaparelli tragedy.

There was a mood of despondency after the Schiaparelli setback, but things have picked up speed once again. Benefits will accrue from this participation in the ExoMars project. This project shows that via cooperation and solidarity, anything could be accomplished.

As for the astronomical funding, even that is something that could be accomplished once several partners put two and two together. All it takes is the will to explore humanity’s dreams and convert them into reality.

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