Greece has launched multiple actions as part of its national space policyChristian Fernsby ▼ | April 20, 2019
The Hellenic Space Agency (HSA), under the auspices of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, held a conference on Friday entitled "Hellas to the Moon."
Europe Hellas to the Moon
"We are proud to see the country going up the first but very important step for a major national lunar exploration project as part of the NASA programme," Digital Policy, Communications and Media Minister Nikos Pappas said.
"A year after the creation of the HSA, we are able to envision the country's space future, not with piecemeal applications and actions, but in an organised fashion, thus putting the country on the global space map as an equal partner," he added.
Pappas noted that "Greece in previous years did not have a specific policy and strategy for space. Today we have launched multiple actions as part of a more general national policy.
"With the actions of our ministry and the HSA, we have ensured the country's commitment to all levels of space: the medium-height microservice programme has been implemented, we have secured the national orbital position with the satellites Hellas Sat 3 and 4. We are now creating the conditions for our country's participation in NASA missions to the Moon," he said.
Finally, he stressed that "these actions are a stock of high added value for the next generations in a country that regains its pace, has come out of the memoranda and is now on a path of sustainable development."
On his part, the US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, said: "I am happy to be here today to talk about the Greek proposals for cooperation with NASA on the mission to the Moon. Because of the cost and the complexity we are talking about an international mission and I am proud of the cooperation that has already been developed with the newly-established HSA and NASA."
He stressed that "Greece is a strategic partner of the US and this is how HSA has begun working with our space agency. It takes the entire international community to use all the opportunities space has to offer us. It will open up opportunities for scientists, new markets and challenges for all. We are very happy that Greek scientists will participate and we expect even closer cooperation between HSA and NASA."
Moreover, he underlined that "Greeks, having thousands of years of experience in engineering and science, have accepted the challenge, and I have no doubt that they will succeed and make both our countries proud." ■