The British investment in ESA’s astronaut programme. Photo (cc) Stuart Pilbrow.
Becoming an astronaut is the pinnacle of achievement for anyone involved in space science and technology.
So, after the selection of Major Time Peake as the UK’s new ESA astronaut, how serious are the government of reaching the pinnacle of acheivement? “No additional funds would be made available to help pay for the costs of Major Peake’s training, Science Minister Lord Drayson said.” While the UK’s Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills is happy to associate themselves with Tim Peake’s success and say they’re investing in our future, the British investment in astronautics will currently remain €0.