A Tiny Country is about to win the Global Space Race

When it comes to European countries it hardly enjoys the highest of profiles. But Luxembourg does at least have a reputation for historic buildings and a thriving financial sector. Less renowned is its unlikely sounding position at the head of the global space race. That might be about to change though.

In the coming days, the tiny country – a fraction smaller than Dorset – is set to take a big leap towards becoming the first European country to guarantee mineral ownership rights in space.

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  1. At the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget on June 21, 2017, the ESA announced Europe’s first innovation competition on space exploration, the “Space Exploration Masters”. The Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy and its SpaceResources.lu initiative feature a special prize in this competition, focused on ideas targeting the utilization of space resources.

  2. At the 2017 Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Etienne Schneider and ESA Director General, Jan Wörner, signed a joint statement on future activities concerning missions to the asteroids, related technologies and space resources exploration and utilization.