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Got a bright idea for a space mission? European Space Agency wants to hear it

If there’s an area of space you’ve always dreaming of exploring, now is your chance: The European Space Agency is inviting proposals for future space missions.

If there’s an area of space you’ve always dreamed of exploring, now is your chance to make it happen: The European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting researchers, private companies, and even citizen scientists to submit proposals for future space missions.

Every three years the ESA council meets to decide on new missions for the next years and to consider various proposals for what should be funded. The next meeting is coming up at the end of this year, and proposals for new missions will be accepted up to October 4, 2020.

The proposals can be about any area of space, from solving an open scientific question, to gathering new data about our planet from orbit. They can also include proposals for new ways to travel through space.

Examples given by ESA of the kinds of projects it is interested in include the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, an ESA spacecraft currently in orbit around Mars and gathering data on atmospheric composition to understand more about the mystery of methane on Mars, or the Space Rider project which aims to create an uncrewed orbital spaceplane which will make transporting payloads…

Georgina Torbet

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