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Is ESA's Aurora program serious space exploration?

Posted by: Andy Hill - Fri Mar 18, 2005 9:26 pm
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Post    Posted on: Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:53 pm
Euro-capsules and Hermes:

http://www.esa.int/externals/images/est ... ve/142.jpg
http://esapub.esrin.esa.it/bulletin/bul ... b91crv.gif
http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM613908BE_Be ... l#subhead1
http://www.abo.fi/~mlindroo/Station/CTV_A5.JPG


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Post    Posted on: Mon Apr 03, 2006 4:19 am
So what's Europes next big mission, the Moon, manned Spacecraft or Mercury probe or what ? Do they have a vision ?


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Post    Posted on: Wed May 10, 2006 7:30 pm
Lunar-Humans wrote:
So what's Europes next big mission, the Moon, manned Spacecraft or Mercury probe or what ? Do they have a vision ?


Good summary of current & near-term missions here:
http://www.esa.int/esapub/bulletin/bull ... 25_pip.pdf
Bepi-Columbo is a Mercury probe.

Longer-term Aurora is main planetary programme - Exomars (mars rover) is first part. Mars Sample return is next.

Manned space - main programme is European astronauts using Columbus module on ISS.


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Post    Posted on: Tue Jun 13, 2006 11:26 am
Here is some more news on ESA's Mars rover:

http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=866342006

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Post    Posted on: Tue Jun 13, 2006 11:46 am
The size of that rover is not that far from the usual size of a normal earthian car. Sould it be considered as one between-step on the road to a manned Mars-rover?



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Post    Posted on: Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:31 pm
No Kliper?
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Post    Posted on: Sat Sep 09, 2006 8:07 pm
Alex A wrote:
Manned space - main programme is European astronauts using Columbus module on ISS.


I hate to be telling you guys bad news but Columbus is in a NASA wareshouse gathering dust, while I've yet to hear anything about the ATV launch


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Post    Posted on: Sun Sep 10, 2006 3:59 pm
Hello, Lunar-Humans,

that Columbus is gathering dust isn't the fault of ESA or Europe but that of the Shuttle program merely.

There is work on the ATV but the decision to do that work is and was dependent of NASA's doings.



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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:30 am
I blame the ESA for agreeing to launch it on a shuttle in the first place :wink:

I've heard Columbus may be past it's use-by date before it even gets to the ISS.


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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:50 am
ESA agreed because of NASA's promises and guarantees - and as far as I know the politicians have agreed to the treaty about the ISS.

Also it has been said that only the Shuttle can carry Columbus to its destination. At present ESA and the Council of Ministers wouldn't agree another time I suppose - given the experiences, ITAR and the like.

The annoyance in Europe and at ESA about NASA and the US is significant.



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