Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Chris Hadfield: ISS commander on colonising the Moon (Wired UK)

Chris Hadfield spent 166 days in space and spacewalked for almost 15 hours — but he’s eager for humans to venture further. The next “logical” space exploration? Humans returning to the Moon and building colonies there.

“We will be on the International Space Station for another ten years or so, and where’s the next obvious place we’ll go? The Moon. It’s only three days away,” the 59-year-old Canadian astronaut tells WIRED.

Space programmes, from SpaceX to Nasa, are targeting putting humans on Mars within the next 20 years, with Nasa likely to pick its landing site during the next presidential term. But Hadfield, who has now retired, says the Moon is an ideal testing ground. “We need to be able to get everything wrong and not kill everybody,” he says.

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