by Staff Writers
Boulder CO (SPX) May 08, 2015
The successor to the International Space Station (ISS) should be a permanent moon base, says incoming European Agency Space leader Johann-Dietrich Worner.
The Space Foundation's National Space Symposium, held in Colorado, is a gathering for global civil, military, and "new space" leaders to discuss and plan the future of space. One of those plans, according to the next European Agency Space director general, should be establishing a moon colony as the next-step outpost beyond the International Space Station (ISS).
"It seems to be appropriate to propose a permanent moon station as the successor of ISS," Worner said. Following a similar model to the ISS, he added that "different actors can contribute with their respective competencies and interests," to the lunar base.
A key advantage to having the international base would be the opportunities it would offer in the exploration of deep space. The base would additionally equip astronauts to use on-site resources instead of having them transported over.
"In any case, the space community should rapidly discuss post-ISS proposal inside and with the general public, to be prepared." He added.
Worner proposed a base on the lunar far-side, arguing it would provide a number of "drivers" for the space community, including cosmological research. The far-side is additionally shielded from Earth's radiation-chatter broadcasts, allowing radio telescopes to survey the universe without background noise interruptions.
Speaking to Space.com, Worner said that the idea for a lunar far-side base is not new, but stressed that "now we have to do it as opposed to study it."
"We have to look into the future about what are the next destinations, what to do after the International Space Station...and we better know what to do afterwards."
Source: Sputnik International
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