The Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

NASA and the European Space Agency may have different ideas about what the next step in space travel may entail.

According to a recent article in Aviation WeekESA’s Director General Johann-Dietrich Wörner believes the lunar surface offers the best chance of enhancing the International Space Station’s (ISS) 15-nation global partnership.

Wörner and William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration and operations, differed in opinion during an Aug. 13 at a Space Symposium panel titled “The Future of Human Space Exploration.”

The topic may be up for debate after the U.S. presidential election in November, as the Obama administration believes Mars is the next step in space exploration. However, not all of ESA’s member states agree.

According to the article, Wörner believes establishing a ‘Moon Village’ will expand ISS partnerships to new participants. The ‘Moon Village’ would essentially be a pit stop to Mars.

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