China has announced an ambitious project – the Moon village – that may see tourists visit the Moon – and possibly in our lifetimes.
ESA director general Johann-Dietrich Wörner also said a Moon village is an inevitable concept. For me, the Moon village is already more or less a fact.
“Okay, there is nothing on the Moon visible [yet], but there will be something visible very soon, because several of these entities are planning to go to the Moon rather soon.”
What’s better, Wörner said, is that unlike the International Space Station, which is “restricted to the club” the “Moon village idea is an open idea, free and open access.” It’s a global concept.
Headquartered in Paris, the ESA has a €5.31 billion budget and has 22 member states on board, with over 2,000 employees.