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National Space policy for Britain

United Kingdom: Britain published its first ever National Space Policy. The new policy has been devised as Britain's first European Space Agency astronaut prepares for his historic launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on Dec. 15.

Britain's journey into space will be worth 18 billion U.S. dollars to the nation's economy, said Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid.

"Historically we haven't been a major player in space programs. This policy will change that because, in the words of my hero Mr Spock, to do anything else would be highly illogical," said Javid in a statement.

He said the policy will firmly place Britain on the global stage for future space programs.

Source: Xinhua News Agency