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Call for EU to raise ambition in space

 Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

Policymakers meeting in Brussels have said Europe needs to increase its creativity and aspirations in space, following a preliminary outline of an upcoming EU space strategy.

Speaking at the 8th Annual Conference on Space Policy on 12 January, Polish MEP Jerzy Buzek said that a lack of ambition would have a severe cost to the continent, including “more dependence on others, a loss of power and security and, most importantly, brain leakage”.

Buzek, who is chairman of the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee, called for more focus on the EU’s role in space exploration. He gave as an example the idea floated by the director general of the European Space Agency, Johann-Dietrich Wörner, that Europe could seek to make habitation on the moon a reality by creating a “moon village”.

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