Isle of Man firms ‘lead Euro space race’
The Isle of Man has been ranked as one of the most likely nations to next get its flag on the moon.
Industry analyst Ascend rated the island’s space firms as 50-1 to win the race back to the lunar surface, behind the USA, China, India and Russia. It cites the growing number of Manx space tourism firms with interests in manned lunar flyby flights as evidence.
Despite Barack Obama’s cancellation of a Nasa programme to design new moon rockets, the USA remains favourite. Its even odds were ahead of nearest rivals Russia (3-1), China (5-1) and India (33-1).
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