Europe's space agency ESA looking to explore Moon by 2025
The moon turns red during the so-called 'super blood wolf moon' lunar eclipse in Washington, DC, USA, 21 January 2019. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO
Paris, Jan 21 (efe-epa).- The European Space Agency has commissioned a preliminary study with the aim of employing a landing module to explore the Moon by 2025, the president of the aerospace company tasked with carrying out the report said Monday.
The goal of such a mission to the Moon, in what would become a first for European space exploration, was to mine regolith, an ore from which water and oxygen can be extracted, a process that could fuel manned missions to Earth's natural satellite, an ArianeGroup statement said.
"In this year, marking the fiftieth anniversary of Man's first steps on the Moon, ArianeGroup will thus support all current and future European projects, in line with its mission to guarantee independent, sovereign access to space for Europe," ArianeGroup CEO André-Hubert Roussel said in a statement.
"The use of space resources could be a key to sustainable lunar exploration and this study is part of ESA's comprehensive plan to make Europe a partner in global exploration in the next decade," ESA's head of human and robotic exploration, David Parker, said.
On July 21, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two people to step on the Moon as part of NASA's Apollo 11 mission.