Frank Close chaired the 2005 RAS review of the scientific case for HSE which recommended that the ...
'British Government re-evaluates its long-standing opposition to involvement in human space exploration...
profound scientific questions relating to the history of the solar system and the existence of life beyond Earth can best – perhaps only - be achieved by human exploration on the Moon or Mars, supported by appropriate automated systems...The wider commercial educational, social and political benefits help justify the substantial expenditure that full UK participation in a future international programme of HSE will require...It is hard to conceive that the UK, one of the world’s leading economies, would stand aside from such a global scientific and technological endeavour'
The RAS welcomed this independent report as ' an important contribution to the wider issue of HSE in general ', recognizing that there needed to be a wider public debate before any decision could or should be taken.
The full report can be read here HSE report .pdf (393.50 KB 18.10.2005 10:21)