UK and US join forces in space exploration

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UK and US join forces in space exploration

Nasa and the British National Space Centre head for the final frontier.

Nasa and the British National Space Centre have signed an historic agreement to jointly study how the two space agencies might work together on future planetary explorations to the Moon and beyond. 

The organisations will study specific areas of potential collaboration between the UK and US involving lunar science and exploration.

UK Science and Innovation Minister Malcolm Wicks said: "During my recent meeting with Nasa administrator Dr Michael Griffin, I was keen for the US and UK to co-operate on exactly this sort of exciting endeavour.

"I am delighted that this important agreement has been signed between our two space agencies which could provide an opportunity to harness the UK's world-class expertise in small satellite and robotic technologies."

The UK space sector is worth £4.8bn (A$11bn) a year, and supports 70,000 jobs. It makes an overall annual contribution of £7bn (A$16bn) to the UK GDP.

The joint agreement was signed in Washington and marks the successful conclusion of several meetings on potential collaboration.
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