This handout file photo taken on Aug. 27, 2003 and provided by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows Mars snapped within minutes of the planet's closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years. AFP PHOTO / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY/D.DUCROS
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European space agency (ESA) member states have approved another 450 million euros ($479 million) in funding for the ExoMars mission to the Red Planet, even after a test lander that was part of the program crashed in October, ESA said Friday.The money for ExoMars is part of an overall 10.3 billion euros -- close to the 11 billion ESA has requested -- for European space programs that the ESA's 22 member states approved at a two-day meeting in Lucerne, which ended Friday.That funding includes just over 800 million euros for Europe's role in the International Space Station (ISS), plus another 153 million for science projects that involve the ISS.
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