The UK could soon have its first mission to the Moon - an orbiting spacecraft that would fire instruments into the lunar surface.
The "penetrators" would yield new information about the rocky interior.
The venture has been considered by Britain's astronomy funding agency, PParc, and has been presented to European partners.
The concept is the work of a consortium of space interests, including Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL).
SSTL's founder and chief executive, Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, says the costs of space exploration have fallen sufficiently for the UK to think about leading such a mission, which could be at the Moon by 2010.
Looks good, I hope we do it. Id rather we wasted money on pretty pointless space exploration missions then killing Iraqi's and the like.