CASH-STRAPPED Spain has ear-marked €66.6 million for a trip to Mars.
The €418 million project will see three skint EU countries pledge funds to send a rocket to the Red Planet in 2016.
Italy will shell out a staggering €344 million while bailed-out Portugal, currently in financial ruin, is spending €2.6 million on the Mars mission.
All three countries are members of the 19-nation European Space Agency (the EU’s answer to Nasa) which has put aside £850million for the project which includes a possible moon landing in 2018.
Britain has already contributed £165million to the Mars project with a possibility of stumping up more cash in the future.