Not funny anymore
- Feb 6, 2008
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Wishful thinking on ESA part. Maybe a few missions on. Can't see any but USA citizens getting on the first.
At least they all get on the surface.
With Trump? We can be glad if the thing will ever really get off the ground. Sure as hell no ESA astronaut on the first moon landings, maybe one on the last.
With a mentally healthy president? Depends on the crew size, but having two US astronauts and one ESA astronaut on the surface sounds feasible for negotiations. It would just cost us a few more bucks as we planned. Three US and one ESA would be even easier to negotiate.
But personally, I would prefer we would go the "Moon Village" path, define an open architecture and focus on the goal, not on the way how to get there.
Buy US capsules or Russian capsules, if no European company will offer such services. Even Chinese, who cares? It isn't that important. What is important is paving the way. Create infrastructure, that lasts. Don't go to the moon once - Keep on going, keep on learning, never stop living and learning in space. Ask the Africans, if they like to go the way with us, they are our southern neighbors after all. Right now, nothing would be worse than leaving space to nationalist dystopias. It's our space, too. Of every one of us.