We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the landing on the Moon, and it is a good to keep asking the right questions about the goals of space exploration.
- Should we try and go back to the Moon?
- Should we go to Mars instead?
- Should we try and settle Mars?
- How quickly can we get a Mars mission up and running?
- Can we engineer an interstellar mission?
- What is the current thinking about the Fermi paradox?
- What are our chances of discovering extraterrestrial life?
These are the questions that I had the chance to ask to Giovanni Bignami, former Chairman of the Space Science Advisory Committee of the European Space Agency, and author of the ESA Cosmic Vision 2015-25 ten year planning document, on the video “Space Exploration: the Moon, Mars, and beyond“:
If you don’t have the eight minutes to watch the video, here are the answers* to the questions:
- Fermi rulez!
- Guaranteed within ten years!**
*It would be cool if somebody transcribed the video for subtitling…
**Is this a bombshell or what?