The 22-nation European Space Agency's 2017 budget shows a 9.5 percent increase over 2016 and reflects some of the decisions made at the meeting of ESA's governments in December, such as approval of new money for the ExoMars exploration project with Russia. This year's budget shows the continued heavy investment in Earth observation programs, which remains ESA's largest single investment line. The total budget of 5.75 billion euros ($6.1 billion) is composed of 3.78 billion euros from ESA's member governments, plus nearly 1.7 billion euros from the 28-nation . . .
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