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Britain considers manned space missions

It was Lady Thatcher to took umbrage to a "waste of money" being spent of manned space flight by ESA and as a result the UK has not played any significant role in European or US manned space flights.
by Staff Writers
London (UPI) Feb 14, 2008
The British government may be rethinking its decision not to pursue manned space missions.

A strategy document published this week calls for an international space facility to focus on climate change and robotic space exploration, The Times of London said Thursday.

Space Minister Ian Pearson said satellite communications and space technology provide strong business opportunities.

The document follows up on a report last year that recommended that Britain launch its first astronaut as early as 2012.

The newspaper said Britain gave up on idea of manned missions in 1986 after Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pulled out of a European Space Agency effort. Britain is the only G8 country without a manned space program.

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Canadian Astronauts Julie Payette And Robert Thirsk To Go On Space Missions In 2009
Longueuil, Canada (SPX) Feb 13, 2008
The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), has announced that two Canadian Space Agency astronauts would be taking part in space missions in 2009. "Guided by our Science and Technology Strategy, we are investing in talented, skilled and creative Canadians like Julie Payette and Dr. Robert Thirsk who have dedicated their professional lives in the service of discovery," said Minister Prentice.







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