Moon exploration could bring economic benefits in the next decade. This was stated by Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA) Josef Aschbacher in an interview published on Sunday with the DPA agency.
“We have certain ideas about what economic benefits this can bring“, he said, without giving any predictions or details. “We are at the very beginning of the journey to use the Moon for our projects. When Columbus discovered America, he didn’t understand what that would mean either.“, Ashbacher added.
In his opinion, “The moon in the next decade will become a new economic space“.
The moon is of interest to all the leading space powers. This year, the launch of the Luna-25 automatic station was to take place, but recently it was postponed to 2023 due to the unavailability of one device. The launch of the American mission Artemis is also delayed – from the end of August it was postponed to the end of September. But if there are any problems for the third time, then the launch of the super-heavy rocket SLS with the Orion spacecraft can be postponed to the beginning or middle of October. As for China, it confirmed the preparation of three more automatic missions to the Moon after the discovery of a new mineral there, and the final result of the current Chinese lunar program should be the construction of a manned lunar station.