The Aurora Programme Europe's framework for space exploration

Piero Messina, Bruno Gardini, Daniel Sacotte, Simona Di Pippo

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The Aurora space exploration program was developed for broader international effort for the robotic and human exploration of Mars for Europe's ambition to work out a comprehensive, long-term exploration strategy for building with NASA's and other partners's plans. Europe is planning to have its achievements and experience in robotic, scientific and planetary missions, infrastructure development and human spaceflight. The program consists of two main elements involving defining architectures and scenarios, and preparing for missions and their enabling technologies. Aurora's international cooperation and sustainable contribution is helping in achieving the long-term goals and is an important element for sustainability and robustness in the worldwide endeavor, in which Europe and ESA play a significant role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-15
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Space Agency Bulletin
Issue number126
StatePublished - May 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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