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Germany Considers a Moon Probe

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:18 pm
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Today, the German Aerospace Center DLR presented their plans for a national moon probe to parts of the German parliament. The basic concept envisages an orbiter to be launched in 2013.

The mission would be to take measurements of the surface and to create detailed maps. One of the goals would be to locate valuable ressources like Helium-3, that could be used in fusion reactors. This basic mission could be upgraded by including even a lander for detailed analysis but as always this is a matter of funding.

The basic mission will cost at least 300 million Euros and would potentially be launched on a Russian rocket.

It is another sign of the uprising European space efforts with France and Italy on its front. Especially as Italy enforced its capabilities, e.g. with the program lead in Europe’s next space launcher, the Vega.

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