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Human Spaceflight

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2005 14:10
Published on Wednesday, 07 September 2005 00:00
Last opportunity to input to the review of the case for Human Space Flight
In 2004, The Royal Astronomical Society  set up a commission * to investigate whether the UK should break with tradition by funding human spaceflight.

ESA’s Aurora programme, coupled with NASA’s new vision for Space Exploration, involving a return to the Moon and a manned mission to Mars, made it timely, the RAS believed, for the UK to review its traditional opposition to involvement in human space flight. 

The Commission has taken a great deal of evidence and hopes to complete its report in October. Fellows of the RAS who have not so far been in touch with their views on the value of humans for space exploration with specific reference to astronomy and planetary science are invited to contact the Executive Secretary, David Elliott ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) as soon as possible and in any case no later than 23 September 2005

* The commission consists of:
Prof F Close, University of Oxford, Chair
Prof K Pounds, University of Leicester
Dr J Dudeney, British Antarctic Survey