Boldly going: UK invests in Euro space missions
The UK Space Agency has committed £374m (€438m) a year to the European space programme.
The funding will contribute towards international space initiatives to address climate change, deliver high-speed mobile technology and return the first samples from Mars.
The £347m per year for five years - the UK's largest ever investment in the European Space Agency (ESA) - will help deliver international space programmes.
The UK's investment secures its involvement in building the Lunar Gateway - a new space station orbiting the moon, returning the first samples from Mars, and removing space junk to prevent collisions in space.
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The ESA also has plans for new satellites to help better understand climate change and conduct research in space technology that will deliver high-speed mobile technology such as 5G and satellite broadband services. .
At its ministerial council in Seville ESA confirmed that all astronauts from the class of 2009 will return to the International Space Station before 2024.
In total, ESA member states committed €14.4bn to its projects for the next five years.