Tuesday, 14 July 2015

The new director of the ESA wants to build a village on the Moon


Professor Johann-Dietrich Woerner has only been director General of the European Space Agency for a week, but he already has some pretty bold plans.
Asked by the BBC what his vision was for the future of space exploration is, he avoided hackneyed responses about the economic and social benefits of it and answered the question directly.
"We should look to the future beyond the International Space Station," he said. "We should look for a smaller spacecraft in low-Earth orbit for microgravity research and I propose a Moon village on the far side of the Moon."
Missions to the Moon have slid in recent years in favour of journeys deeper into space, but while there is an element of romance to the idea, Woerner insists a Moon colony could be very practical and useful.
"A Moon village shouldn’t just mean some houses, a church and a town hall," he contuned. "This Moon village should mean partners from all over the world contributing to this community with robotic and astronaut missions and support satellites."
This Moon village would be situated on the far side of the Moon and serve as a testing base for future Mars missions.



Henry J Williams

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