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A group Scientists, mission leaders and European astronauts trained for two weeks in the Tinguatón Volcano (In the Spanish islands of Lanzarote), how could the moon, a NASA and ESA address could be a mission to return to a satellite within a decade.
This For the third consecutive year of Lanzarote is the "Pangea" Program of the European Space Agency, until now, the Lanzarote landscape was an analog design, much longer, minerals recognition techniques and Mars signals (current and past).
However, ESA has once again targeted this training for the first time in the planning of international collaborative organizations, and secondly,One day, Mars technology can be tested on the Moon as soon as possible.
them The plans, among other difficulties, hit the lunar technological exploration for the testing of the latest real conditions in 1972During the Apollo XVII mission, one man took the surface of the satellite. Now, testing the lab systems is impossible, because to get very beneficial results, you must be in the Moon … or almost.
"The Earth's characteristics are difficult to find a place with the moon. Lanzarote is very important, such as Tinguatón. Here, On the moon there are basaltic and pyroclastic lava and very similar"he explains Efe Italian geologist Frances SauroScientific director of the "Pangea" training project in Earth's analogies.
A team of scientists, missions and astronauts makes Lanzarote trains. (Photo: EFE)
The coordinator of the group that drives ESA one year to Lanzarote, its citizen Loredana Bessone, determines that the return to the Moon is not directly directed, probably directly with the astronauts, but first exploration robots will be sent to prepare the first works and prepare the earth.
He is currently an astronaut of the ESA Matthias Maurer He has worked on volcanos on the updated Apollo era tools, but has also trained on the handling of remote vehicles. In the Canary Islands, he has directed a Dutch operator.
Actually, says Maurer almost final test with almost any type of robot that will be carried out in 2019When ESA or your NASA team manages a vehicle located on the lapilli fields that surround the Timanfaya National Park in the International Space Station.
By the way, the German astronaut has made it discovery as unexpected as useful: stick whom you work out of the spacecraft and train with you in Lanzarote Not suitable.
The rocks of the island, very similar moles, his gloves have been violated. If this happened in a real mission, he warns, Asked the astronaut could be in danger.
Matthias Maurer has also said what happens when going back to the Moon: he says, Discover the Earth better, but nobody has forgotten that Space agencies want to rely on retaliation in the century, which is impossible for the moment.