Do MP’s really think we could do a future Moon Landing?

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Moon (Photo credit: penguinbush)

I saw this when reading Hansard this morning. It’s a written answer from Friday where an MP (Mr Amess) asked:

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to provide funding for space projects related to a future moon landing; what discussions the UK Space Agency has had with the US administration on this matter; and if he will make a statement. [119768]

Ok, so where the hell did a moon landing come from? Now the response was as expected:

Mr Willetts: No funds are allocated to develop missions for a future moon landing, and at present we have no firm plans to commit to a moon project. The UK Space Agency is a member of the International Space Exploration Co-ordination Group (ISECG) which includes NASA. ISECG is engaged in multi-lateral discussions on future space exploration of the Moon, Mars and asteroids, as described on its website:

http://www.globalspaceexploration.org/

The link being the International Space Exploration Coordination Group which the UKSA is a member but I’m just wondering, where would the money come from, especially in this current financial climate?

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