16 Nov 2015

New head of the ESA wants moon base

From Nine To Noon, 10:10 am on 16 November 2015
ESA Moon lander

ESA Moon lander Photo: Wikipedia

He's the new Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), and he wants to build a village on the far side of the moon.

Director General of the European Space Agency, Johann-Dietrich Woerner

Johann-Dietrich Woerner Photo: Esa.int

Professor Johann-Dietrich Woerner believes space agencies need to look beyond the International Space Station and a moon base base could house a telescope that could peer deeper into our galaxy.

He says the 3D printer technology  Nasa wants to use to build a base on Mars could be tried out on the Moon first. 

Jan Worner is now in charge of an 8 billion dollar annual budget, and is responsible for the ESA's wide range of work, including weather, communication and navigation satellites, astronauts on the international space station and missions to Mars, Mercury and Jupiter.

The effect of the winds of Mars

The effect of the winds of Mars Photo: Esa.int

Jan Woerner talked to Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon