Plans to land the first Europeans on the moon & # 39; will be ready by the end of the year & # 39 ;, EU head of space claims
- David Parker, director of the European Space Agency, emphasized that plans were underway
- He made the comments at the UK Space Conference 2019 in Wales
- One step will be the creation of a space station that revolves around the moon
- This gateway will also be a springboard for future missions to Mars
A timeline for placing the first Europeans on the surface of the moon will be available by the end of the year, the European Space Agency has announced.
David Parker, director of Human Agency and Robotic Exploration, made the comments at a space conference in Wales earlier this week.
Plans for a European Moon Rapture are already in motion, he added, part of which would see the construction of a space station in orbit above the lunar surface.
The moon hole would not only be a springboard to the moon, but also to Mars, and also provide a test bed to investigate how life in space affects humans.
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A timeline for placing the first Europeans on the surface of the moon will be available by the end of the year, the European Space Agency has announced
Dr. Parker – who is also the former head of the UK Space Agency – discussed the plans at the UK Space Conference 2019, which was held from 24 to 26 September in Newport, Wales.
& # 39; We want to go to the moon in collaboration with NASA, & # 39; Dr. told Parker the Telegraph.
& # 39; There is an idea, especially in Europe, that this is not really happening, but I want to say that it is. & # 39;
An important step first announced by ESA and NASA in July is the creation of the moon space station, called the & # 39; Gateway & # 39 ;, which is expected to be built within the next decade.
The station will serve as a midway home between the earth and the moon, serve as a hiding place, make journeys to the moon more efficient and provide a launching platform for missions going farther into the solar system.
Like the international space station, the Gateway IS a permanent base on which astronauts will live for longer periods of time, conduct research on board and regularly make excursions to the surface of the moon.
The lunar space station, Gateway, will circle the moon in an ellipse – with a path that looks like a halo – when assembled in the next decade, NASA and the European Space Agency have announced (pictured, impressed by an artist)
& # 39; The first elements of the gateway are already under contract. Multiple studies are underway for a human exploration lander. & # 39;
& # 39; We have the plan for the ministers. If they make the right decisions, we will hopefully get the first Europeans on the moon.
& # 39; Europe can outweigh its weight worldwide. & # 39;
David Parker, director of Human Agency and Robotic Exploration, made the comments at a space conference in Wales earlier this week
Landing on the moon and building a base in its orbit will be a crucial step in the long-term vision of landing people on Mars, Parker said.
& # 39; Building a rocket to go to Mars is the least difficult part, & # 39; he remarked.
& # 39; It's about supporting people, how you physically protect them from radiation.
& # 39; So the moon is a great place to prepare for deep space. & # 39;
States contributing to the European Space Agency will send representative ministers to Seville, Spain, on 26 November, where final approval for the mission will be granted and funding approved.
Great Britain remains a member of the agency, even in the event of the country's departure from the European Union.
& # 39; We still have many challenges if we want to get a man on Mars someday & # 39 ;, concluded Dr. Parker.
& # 39; Mars has been waiting for us for three and a half billion years, we have to get there. & # 39;
WHAT IS THE LUNARY GATE?
Russia and the United States are working together on a NASA-led project for the construction of the first lunar space station, codenamed Lunar Gateway.
The agreement, signed in September 2017, is part of a long-term project to send people to Mars.
The crewed space port will revolve around the moon and serve as a & # 39; gateway to deep space and lunar surface & # 39 ;, NASA said.
The first modules of the station could already be completed in 2024.
Russia and the United States are working together on a NASA-led project for the construction of the first lunar space station, codenamed the Lunar Gateway
An international base for moon exploration for humans and robots and a stopover for spacecraft is a leading contender to follow the $ 100 billion International Space Station (ISS), & # 39; the world's largest space project so far.
NASA has asked European scientists and industrial leaders to join the office in September 2018.
Accepting the offer can cost the European Space Agency (ESA) – of which Great Britain is an important member – an estimated £ 1 billion ($ 1.3 billion).
A decision whether or not to participate will be taken next year at a meeting of European Science Ministers.
In the meantime, the ESA is preparing plans for the form that its section of the station could take.
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