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No need for manned spaceflight, says astronomer royal Martin Rees

Forget manned moon bases, forget a Mars colony - most future space travellers will be robots, according to astronomer royal Martin Rees.
Rees, professor of cosmology and astrophysics at Cambridge University, thinks sending people into space is a waste of money, given recent advances in unmanned space technology. He said European space scientists should focus on miniaturisation and robotics to remain competitive in a space sector dominated by Russia and the US.

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