What would you do with £250M?

Each year the UK roughly spends around £250 million (roughly USD 500 million at today's exchange rates) on space and astronomy research. That may seem like a lot but compared to NASA's budget (about USD 16 billion) it is tiny. With relatively limited funds, the UK has mostly focussed on astronomy and instrumentation rather than full-on space programmes and human spaceflight. The debate over human spaceflight has been reopened in recent years when we were presented with the opportunity to join the European Space Agency's (ESA) Aurora Programme.

If you live near Oxford, next Wednesday is your chance to join in a debate about how best to spend our money. The experts taking part include Ken Pounds (an astronomer and space physicist), Mike Hapgood (member of Rutherford Appleton Labs Space Plasmas group) and Chris Lintott (Sky At Night presenter and astrophysicist). Tickets cost £3.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Saturday 30th Jun 2007 (13:37 BST) | Permalink
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