Germany planning 300 M€ Lunar mission

Several sources are reporting that Germany is planning its own Moon exploration project. According to the German news provider ARD (link in German), Germany is planning to launch a 300 M€ Lunar orbiter in 2013. Walter Döllinger, Director of space programs at the German aerospace agency DLR, states that the mission will be a national one and that the main objective of the four years of operation in orbit around the Moon will be to make the first complete 3D map of the Moon surface. According to Spiegel, German MP Kurt Rossmanith said the following about why Germany and DLR wants to go to the Moon with a national project: "And there we also have to - putting it very bluntly - stake our own claim".

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