German Minister Proposes $2 Billion Moon Mission


Space official proposes billion-euro German moon mission
Deutsche Welle

A German government official has called for the country to launch an unmanned mission to the moon by 2015. The project would boost research, but currently there’s hardly the money for such high-flying ventures.

Over the course of five years the ambitious project would cost as much as 1.5 billion euros ($2.1 billion), but that’s “money well spent,” Peter Hintze, the German government’s space and aviation coordinator and a member of Chancellor Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats, told German public television.

A German moon landing could be feasible “within the next decade, around 2015,” he said, adding that the high cost of such a plan would be justified by the scientific benefits that such a mission would have.

“The Moon is like the archive of our solar system. It is an excellent platform for space research and is of the highest importance when answering the question of how we guarantee the future of our own blue planet,” Hintze said. “The moon in a way is the Earth’s natural space station. It could be a place from which to launch a Mars mission.”

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