LUXEMBOURG – The 20-nation European Space Agency (ESA) has approved nearly €6 billion ($7.4 billion) in new spending aimed at keeping Europe’s launch sector competitive and continuing support for the International Space Station (ISS) while completing a two-pronged robotic mission to Mars. The funding, approved during a day-long meeting of ESA ministers here Dec. 2, includes €3 billion to develop a successor to Europe’s Ariane 5 heavy-lift launcher, the Ariane 6, a ...

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