Recently, French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced his vision for the future of the European Space Agency (ESA). To prevent ESA from becoming “obsolete” and overtaken by nations with fledgling space agencies (such as China, Japan and India), Sarkozy believes ESA should move away from a “science driver” and adopt a “political driver”. He is a huge advocate of NASA’s politically-driven direction and wants to adopt a similar model for Europe.
However, NASA’s political future is looking uncertain (budget cuts and job losses), is this a reliable model for ESA to adopt? Having said that, without a political incentive in the 1960’s NASA may never have landed man on the Moon. Perhaps politics can invigorate investment and space exploration.
I want to hear your view on this tricky subject, so for Astroengine’s first foray into online polls (true democracy over here!), please cast your vote on the question below and we’ll see what everyone thinks. If you want to share your views, please feel free to leave a comment!
Before you vote with your left mouse button, here are some recent articles I’ve written you may find of some help:
- President Sarkozy and the French (Space) Revolution
- Aldrin Warns that NASA will fall Behind Russia and China in Space Exploration
- US Senator: NASA Job Losses Could Generate Jobs for Russian Space Program
- Legendary Astronaut John Glenn Speaks Out On Shuttle Decommissioning