China, Moon Loom Large Yet Distant for Bolden, Woerner
When ESA directors give public addresses, they usually speak of programs or proposals that have been validated in some way by one or more of the agency’s 22 member states. It helps if this validation has come from one of the four nations — Germany, France, Italy and Britain — that finance the vast majority of ESA’s activities.
That is not the case with European Space Agency Director-General Johann-Dietrich Woerner, who assumed his new post in July after being head of the German Aerospace Center, DLR. He told a press briefing that he insists on retaining his freedom to speak on things that concern him, regardless of whether they have any relationship to what ESA is actually doing. He is proposing a lunar colony as an idea that meets several goals for post-space station exploration.
“If someone has a better idea, that’s fine with me. Let them propose it,” Woerner said.
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