In Europe made the possibility of extending the work of the ISS

© NASAСнимок from the ISS. Archival photoIn Europe made the possibility of extending the work of the ISS© NASA

The head of the European space Agency (ESA) Johann-Dietrich wörner did not rule out the possibility of extending operation of the International space station (ISS) until 2028, he said this at a meeting with journalists on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress in Australia.

«We need to have three things: first and foremost is access to low-earth orbit for studies of low gravity. If we are talking about humanity as a whole, for the near future low earth orbit and the ISS in particular, will remain the main place of stay of the person», — he told, answering a question about the need to extend station operations until 2028.

In addition, according to him, the great interest to mankind are the coming to Earth of the heavenly bodies – the Moon and Mars.

«We are also interested in the moon for scientific research and Mars. In order to fly to Mars, we must resolve a number of technical issues that are not yet resolved: radiation environment, start-up facilities, systems of life support. We can’t send humans to Mars without addressing these issues, and not being confident, that they safely get there and back again,» he said.

Responding to a question, Werner confirmed the invitation of China to the European astronaut to visit China created a space station, but the cooperation with Russia in the space sphere he called a priority for ESA.

«Our Agency is widely open to international partnerships. Yes, the Chinese side has opened the door to Europeans in the part of the flight of astronauts on Board the Chinese ship. However, for us the priority is cooperation with Russia, Japan and the United States under the ISS,» said Werner.

Commenting on the possible future cooperation with the created Australian space Agency, head of ESA suggested that the most promising Avenue may be collaboration in terms of acceptance of scientific data and telemetry.

«Before, we had a lot of joint projects in terms of acceptance of scientific data, telemetry. Of course, this can become a reliable ground for cooperation,» concluded Werner.