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A European astronaut on the Moon within ten years

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European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Josef Aschbacher remains committed to seeing a European astronaut on the Moon within the next decade. He said so in an interview with the German news agency DPA.

Aschbacher predicts that the moon’s economic potential will only become apparent over the next decade. “We are still in the cradle of sustainable use of the moon for our projects.”

While he admits that the moon’s economic potential remains uncertain, Aschbacher is “personally convinced that it will be worth it”.

The budget plays a role, he said, as the Paris-based agency prepares for ESA’s Council of Ministers in November, where member states set their budgets and plans for the next three years. .

The past year has not been easy for ESA: the Artemis 6 has still not taken off and the European service module of the Artemis mission is still not on its way to the Moon.
However, Aschbacher also talks about successes, such as the first flight of the Vega C rocket and the first space summit, where the European Union and ESA made decisions together.
Other uncertainties have emerged this year, according to the ESA boss, including Russia’s announcement to withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024, ending the ISS co-management agreement by the United States, Russia, Canada, Japan and ESA. .

While the future of the ISS is uncertain, a new generation of astronauts will soon be soaring to the lunar gateway as part of NASA’s Artemis lunar program, Aschbacher said.

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