|DLR's proposed Moonlander with lander and rover. Credit: DLR concept|
What began as a project 98 percent backed by Germany and 2 percent by Portugal — not an auspicious beginning for an ESA mission — has since broadened to a six-nation effort in which Germany has a 71 percent financial stake. The Germans want other Europeans to buy-down their stake to under 60%. More from the BBC and Spaceflight Now.