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We must look at Earth before tackling Moon

Published 03/11/2015

A RECENT BBC news item reported that the European Space Agency has signed an agreement with Russia to set up a base on the Moon called Mission Luna 27, which will be launched in 2020.

While many may find this very exciting and challenging, I have certain doubts about the whole concept of space exploration - and not just the cost implications.

There are so many problems on Earth to solve first. Would we be wise to merely export all our current human problems to the Moon?

As the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, remarked: "If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear."

ALAN JONES

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