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ESA head proposes village on the moon


Posted on Wednesday, 15 July, 2015 | Comment icon 29 comments

Building a moon base could be an exercise in international cooperation. Image Credit: NASA
Director General Johann-Dietrich Woerner has outlined his plans for the future of space exploration.
Having only been in charge of the European Space Agency for a week, the former Chair of the German space agency has already outlined some of his more ambitious plans for the future.

Of particular interest is his idea of building a 'village' on the moon - a permanent manned outpost that would not only offer unparalleled opportunities for scientific research but that would also enable the development and testing of the technologies needed for a future mission to Mars.

"A Moon village shouldn’t just mean some houses, a church and a town hall," he said.

"This Moon village should mean partners from all over the world contributing to this community with robotic and astronaut missions and support communication satellites."

As it stands humans have not set foot on the moon at all since 1976 and Woerner believes that establishing a base on the moon is a critical step towards sending humans to Mars.

"The Americans are looking to go to Mars very soon - and I don’t see how we can do that - before going to Mars we should test what we could do on Mars on the Moon," he said.

The ESA head also believes that his proposed moon base should be an international endeavor.

"We should have international cooperation, without any limitations, with any countries of the world," he said. "We have enough Earthly problems between different nations – space can bridge these Earthly problems and the Moon seems to be to be a good proposal."

"Isolating a country is not the right way, a much better solution is to find ways to cooperate in space to strengthen ties between humans on Earth."

Source: BBC News | Comments (29)

Tags: ESA, Moon

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Comment icon #20 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 17 July, 2015, 8:39
Question: What is the "ownership" status of the Moon? Is it like Antarctica where it can't be owned by a nation, but probably will be divided up into national access areas? Could a person buy land on the Moon? A friendly and helpful person ( ) have allready answered that question for you in another thread: http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=283309&st=15#entry5578245
Comment icon #21 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 18 July, 2015, 17:10
I do believe space colonisation will come. But its still a long way..
Comment icon #22 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 20 July, 2015, 4:35
And what type of tree do you think will grow in an enviroment with temperatures down to -130°C ? Though I'm sure some lichens and the like from earth could survive on mars near the equator. Cool experiment it would be.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 20 July, 2015, 4:39
Question: What is the "ownership" status of the Moon? Is it like Antarctica where it can't be owned by a nation, but probably will be divided up into national access areas? Could a person buy land on the Moon? Theoretically no one can claim it. But once we start building anything of worth there, watch that treaty vanish.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 20 July, 2015, 8:34
Theoretically no one can claim it. But once we start building anything of worth there, watch that treaty vanish. There is no need for the treaty to vanish. Although the Moon can not be claimed any base on the Moon would remain the property of the nation which put it there. As an analogy, no one can claim the vast majority of the Atlantic ocean but the ships that sail on it DO belong to someone.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 20 July, 2015, 8:39
There is no need for the treaty to vanish. Although the Moon can not be claimed any base on the Moon would remain the property of the nation which put it there. As an analogy, no one can claim the vast majority of the Atlantic ocean but the ships that sail on it DO belong to someone. Hey you stole my analogy Waspie_Dwarf. The simple answer is that no one owns the moon, or indeed anywhere in space. Space is defined as anything beyond 100 km above the surface of the Earth. https://en.wikipedia...er_Space_Treaty However any satellite or other manmade object in space legally belongs to the owner. ... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 20 July, 2015, 9:46
Hey you stole my analogy Waspie_Dwarf. And I thought I was being an original thinker, I hadn't seen your post. Still, it's a good analogy.
Comment icon #27 Posted by DieChecker on 22 July, 2015, 22:21
Theoretically no one can claim it. But once we start building anything of worth there, watch that treaty vanish. Unlike Antarctica, the Moon will very likely have many industrial uses. I expect a lot of industry will move out there if getting stuff back down to Earth can be made cheap and effective.
Comment icon #28 Posted by alibongo on 23 July, 2015, 21:42
Unlike Antarctica, the Moon will very likely have many industrial uses. I expect a lot of industry will move out there if getting stuff back down to Earth can be made cheap and effective. A space elevator would be cheap and simple:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_elevator
Comment icon #29 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 23 July, 2015, 21:56
A space elevator would be cheap and simple:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_elevator A space elevator will be neither cheap, nor simple, and we are a very long way away from being able to build one today. On the other hand with advances in technology, such as carbon nanotubes, I hope I will see one made in my life time. Your link doesn't work, so I hope this is better: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_elevator#Economics


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