We have lift-off

January 20, 1995

Only a couple of weeks after Roger Bonnet, head of the European Space Agency's science programme, claimed that Britain wanted a "20 to 50 per cent" cut in the funding of space research; the British National Space Centre stunned the nation when it called a press conference to announce a launch.

High hopes crashed and burned, though, when it became clear that only an information pack was to be cast into the void.

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