The European Space Agency is embarking on an 18-month study to define a mission concept and detailed design for a proposed lander/rover mission to the south pole of the Moon. ESA late last week signed a 6.5 million euro ($8.7 million) contract with Astrium to perform the study, which will draw on technologies developed for the Automated Transfer Vehicle, which it designed and built. The Phase B1 study will aim to consolidate system design and mission concept and come up with an initial ...

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