EADS Astrium and the German aerospace research agency (DLR) hope to start technology trials for a lunar lander in March, as part of a newly formed cooperation agreement between the two entities. The research activities are in anticipation of a decision by European science and research ministers to OK a lunar landing project. The European Space Agency (ESA) ministerial will take place in November. But the work also has a secondary purpose: it should support the more long-term Mars ...

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