A new British-led space mission, Lunar Mission One, has been announced today.
The mission plans to reach the South Pole of the moon within 10 years and undertake a variety of space research including on lunar rock dating back 4.5 billion years.
Mr Afriyie, who chairs Parliament’s Space Committee, is hosting a briefing for parliamentarians on the mission today in Parliament.
Adam Afriyie, Chair of the Parliamentary Space Committee, said:
“Today marks another milestone in the UK’s fast-growing space industry. I wish the Lunar Mission One team the utmost success in their mission, which will energise future generations with an enthusiasm for space exploration and research.
“Lunar Mission One is a visionary project that has huge potential. Not only can it keep Britain at the forefront of the global space industry, but it also has huge potential to engage people of all ages in the fascinating world of space technology and innovation.
“The UK space industry has consistently delivered jobs and economic growth and this mission will help raise awareness of the space sector’s huge contribution to GDP, research, materials science, communications, satellite navigation and earth monitoring systems.
“It’s great that Lunar Mission One will encourage people to lift their eyes to the stars once again.
“Lunar Mission One will focus attention on the significant advances in engineering, space flight, biology and education.
“Having met and worked with its founder, David Iron, over the last 5 years, I want to thank the team behind Lunar Mission One who have pushed so hard for this exciting mission to take place.
“Britain has led space research in the past and this pioneering mission can help us to lead advances in the future.”
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