The 22 Member States of the European Space Agency increase their funding for space exploration, including the development of next-generation climate change-monitoring satellites and the Hera probe mission. The agency will receive a record budget of €14.4bn ($16bn), which was more than the agency had initially proposed. In particular, more funding was committed to expand Europe’s Copernicus Program, a group of satellites that monitor the status of the planet. The funding will also be used for a new wave of lunar exploration. Europe is expected to contribute to Orion, the NASA spacecraft which will carry the first woman and the next man to the moon in 2024.

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