Germany Joining The Lunar Fray? August 12, 2009Posted by Nick Azer in : European Space Agency, Germany , trackback
An article from ABC News notes that German Economy Ministry State Secretary Peter Hintze stated today that Germany could and should launch an unmanned lunar mission by 2015 (apparently seperate from any ESA efforts, while also pushing for international cooperation).
Hintze’s stated motives are vague, but the benefit is obvious: any early stake in the helium-3 mining game could prove extremely valuable, much as any lasting stake in early European America proved to be. If you don’t get in early, you might not get in at all…so as the stock of fusion power’s potential increases, expect to see more nations looking to throw their hats into the ring.