A robotic Moon lander that incorporates technologies and hardware developed for Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) could visit the lunar south pole by 2019 if the European Space Agency (ESA) approves funding for continued development of the project at a key budget meeting next month. Prime contractor Astrium Space Transportation says the six-month mission is estimated to cost €500 million ($650 million), including €300-350 million for development, manufacturing, test, launch and ...


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