International Space Station might open the gates for Indian and Chinese scientists, says European Space Agency (ESA) chief. International Space Station (ISS)is supported by 15 nations that including USA, Russia and Germany.
ISS is largest habitable artificial satellite orbiting around Earth. Since, ISS rotates nearly 400 km above the Earth’s surface and due its size of five football fields it is visible from he Earth through naked eye. Scientists say that ISS appears like a fast moving star as it moves with an average speed of 7.66 km per second i.e it completes 16 revolution of Earth in a day. ISS serves as a microgravity and space environment research laboratory in which crew members of 15 nations conduct their experiment and test their spacecraft systems for mission to the Moon and Mars.
Johann-Dietrich Woerner who currently is the administrator of the German Aerospace Center will become the new Director General of the ESA from July 1. He will replace Jean-Jacques Dordain.
On seeing India’s astonishing efforts towards space exploration including Chandrayaan and especially Mangalyaan, Woerner said that he will try to include India and China among the nations supporting ISS. He further added that the space station has been funded till 2020 and an extension of four years is under consideration. Also, the extension would give enough time to the NASA to build up more technologies for more missions on Mars and it will open gates for commercial companies to gain investment.
Including China and India in the list of nations supporting ISS will give them more funding. However, a US law that was made in 2011 prevents NASA to share information with Chinese space program due to security issue, also other nations might object the inclusion of China. However, it seems Woerner is very keen to include India and he might sent an invitation soon after he gets appointed as the new director.
Moreover, NASA’s spends nearly $3 billion each year to operate the $100 billion International Space Station.