ESA’s seeking a big budget boost from November ministers’ meeting, but science increase is zero

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) is asking its governments for a 25-30% increase in its budget covering the next three to five years but has been told that there will be zero real increase for the science division.

It is not the first time the science program has been forced into an unhappy corner while the rest of the agency, funded by à la carte contributions from its member governments, celebrates a funding tailwind.

ESA’s science division, along with the agency’s general . . .

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