UK tests Moon lander technology

British engineers are designing a Moon landing mission that would also test key technologies to take to Mars.

The MoonTwins concept would put two probes on the lunar surface – one at each pole – to do science experiments. The work is being undertaken by the aerospace company Astrium at the request of the European Space Agency.

Esa plans eventually to go to the Red Planet to retrieve rocks for analysis on Earth, and the Moon is seen as a good place to develop the know-how.

Source:  BBC News

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