State of the Union: Emerging Europe Resets Space Priorities

Calling for a more active role in exploration and research, the European Commission has adopted a plan that will boost spending on space programs and hopefully set a definite European course into space. The space action plan, a 60-page policy paper developed by the commission — executive arm of the European Union (EU) — highlights Europe’s needs to ensure independent access to space, promote exploration and attract younger professionals to space-related professions.