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Last Updated on Friday, 30 April 2010 13:28
Published on Thursday, 16 June 2005 00:00
Should Britain fund astronauts? The RAS has turned to the BBC to test public opinion

The Royal Astronomical Society has set up a commission to investigate whether the UK should break with tradition by funding human spaceflight. NASA’s new vision for Space Exploration, involving a return to the Moon and a manned mission to Mars, coupled with ESA’s Aurora programme, which also includes a Human Space Flight element in the longer term, makes it timely for the UK to again consider its position. In response, the RAS has established a Commission to investigate and report on the value of humans for space exploration with specific reference to astronomy and planetary science, but taking into account broader subjects such as astro-biology. The commission consists of:
Prof F Close, University of Oxford, Chair
Prof K Pounds, University of Leicester
Dr J Dudeney, British Antarctic Survey

The commission  wants to hear the opinions of the general public.  Anything involving humans in space sends up costs  by at least a factor of 10 so what  the general public feel about this is crucial -they would have to pay the bill.
 To read the views of the public who have sent messages to the BBC News web site  click here.

For further information about the RAS investigation contact RAS Communication Officer, Peter Bond This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.