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MEP Christophe Grudler at Cape Canaveral

Thomas Pesquet_ESA

Our French MEP Christophe Grudler (MoDem), who is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) as well as Shadow rapporteur for the Regulation on the European Union's space programme, will travel to Florida this week. He will attend the take-off of Thomas Pesquet, astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA), for his ALPHA mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

MEP Grudler points out that "European space projects benefit European citizens every day, whether it be Galileo (the "European GPS"), Copernicus for Earth observation, or secure telecommunications. Manned spaceflight is also crucial to advance scientific and medical research, both in space and on Earth."

Before take-off, MEP Grudler will meet directly with Thomas Pesquet to wish him all the best for his mission. Additionally, he will visit the various space and launch facilities at Cape Canaveral and will talk with several space industry players.

This Thursday 22 April, Christophe Grudler will attend the live launch from the launch pad. He stresses that « this international mission, which is the result of an intense collaboration between ESA and NASA, but also the Japanese space agency (JAXA), is a reminder of the importance that Europe attaches to space exploration and in particular to manned spaceflight.

For the period 2021-2027, 14.8 billion euros (in current prices) will be spent by the Union on its space policy, not counting the budgets of national space agencies and ESA.

MEP Grudler supports an ambitious European space policy, notably new exploration missions to the Moon (with the Lunar Gateway) and to Mars.