50 years of the UK in space

From swirling star formations deep in the cosmos, to sat-nav in cars and the daily weather forecast, the UK has played an significant role in space exploration and technology over the past 50 years. And it is big business - with the UK space industry worth more than £9bn a year.

Take a colourful look at how it all started - and where it is now heading - with the acting chief executive of the UK Space Agency, David Parker.

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Music by Focus Music. Slideshow by Paul Kerley. Publication date 29 December 2012.

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