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Top boffins from the European Space Agency (ESA) are to meet in Paris this week to vote on plans for a European mission to Mars. The BBC reports that delegates will be asked to choose between two options: the original plan, and a scaled up, more expensive mission that would free the mission from reliance on American kit for …

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Rock me Amadeus

I wonder whether they will try to use this as a way of selling the Galileo GPS project, and if so, how they will do it. They could befuddle the politicians by claiming that Galileo will be a prerequisite of Mars exploration for (insert technical reason here), perhaps something to do with the polarity of the sub-space energy matrix thing thing, or they could argue that it will provide excellent hands-on experience of project management etc.

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Russia is European, isn't it?

The Russians still have the world's best operational rocket for heavy-lift. Why not use it?

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Des

Russia is European, isn't it?

Of course it is, why else would they enter the Eurovision Song Contest?

And perhaps we could get the other Eurovision states such as Isreal, etc. to help out?

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