Ariane 5, budget difficulties force Europe to scrub planet-finding mission, Mercury lander
After nearly a decade of juggling and belt-tightening, the European Space Agency has signaled that if Europe wants a viable space science program, it will have to pay for it. ESA's science program committee last week announced it would cancel a cornerstone planet-finding and astroseismology mission, Eddington, and rescope another, the BepiColombo Mercury probe, because it no longer has the money. BepiColombo will have to do without a landing component. EDDINGTON WAS PART of an ...
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